Sonia Gandhi declines to provide copy of her passport before US court
Moneylife Digital Team 08 April 2014
The SFJ has sought compensatory and punitive damages from Gandhi for her alleged role in 'shielding and protecting' Congress party leaders from prosecution for their alleged role in the 1984 riots
 
Congress and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi has declined to provide a copy of her passport to a US court, as documentary evidence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, citing refusal by the Indian government on grounds of personal security and confidentiality.
 
Last month, US District Judge Brian Cogan had asked the UPA chairperson to provide by 7th April some form of documentary evidence to enable the court to make a determination about her presence in the US.
 
The court order had come on a lawsuit filed by the rights groups Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) which claimed it had served summons on Gandhi when she had allegedly visited Memorial Sloan—Kettering Cancer Centre in the city for a medical check-up in September last year.
 
The lawsuit against Gandhi hinges on the issue of whether she was served summons on 9th September as the group claims or whether she was not present in the US during that time as per her assertion.
 
The SFJ has sought compensatory and punitive damages from Gandhi for her alleged role in 'shielding and protecting' Congress party leaders including Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler from prosecution for their alleged role in the 1984 riots.
 
Gandhi’s attorney Ravi Batra on Monday submitted before the court that his client has “nothing to hide“.
 
Batra handed over to court as exhibit a letter dated 5th April signed by Gandhi to him in which she states that “in matters of disclosure of my travels, which are contained in the passport document, the Government of India has informed me that they would not permit such a disclosure.
 
“However, as I have nothing to hide, I voluntarily relinquish the plea of lack of personal jurisdiction. I may add that the present submission is without prejudice to the plea of want of jurisdiction in relation to the subject matter,” she had said.
Comments
shadi katyal
8 years ago
One should ask simple question that has USA or any other nation has the right to ask for Passport of any other national???
Since she claims she has nothing to hide, why such resistance??
There has been rumor in certain circles that she was not treated at the Sloane Kettering Institute and this is time to let the nation know .
MOHAN
Replied to shadi katyal comment 8 years ago
When a democratically elected Chief Minister of state in India was denied visa by the USA why the 'Khangress' men were mum?
shadi katyal
Replied to MOHAN comment 8 years ago
Why do you wish to compare apples with oranges.
First I understand that Modi never asked for Visa and it was some group of Indians who went and applied for. So question is moot. Every nation has their own Laws and rights to allow or not allow certain people.
I suggest you get your facts first before being misled by your own media of few people.
Why should India or any country give their sovereign rights to any nation and not stand up
I regret that you are being carried away with emotions and not fact which is our national drawback.
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