NEW YORK : A US judge in New York has But Judge Brian denied Indian Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s request to strike down a Sikh advocacy group's motion for the continuation of its human rights violation case against her, according to the organization's press release.
The February 11 motion of Sonia Gandhi pleaded that since the Sikhs For Justice have added new allegations of rights violation against her, and askedthe Court dismiss it.
But Judge Brian Cogan denied the request“, saying, "If there is something wrong with plaintiff's opposition, that's what defendant's reply is for". The Sikh group accuses Ms. Gandhi for "shielding and protecting" the leaders of her party who were allegedly involved in the anti-Sikh riots in India in 1984.
Gandhi's New York-based counsel Ravi Batra said,
"It is sad that SFJ has filed an ill-advised and misguided memo of law that violates basic legal rules that apply to every litigant. It will compel us to ask Judge Brian M Cogan for appropriate relief."
However, justifying the hearing, SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun argued that pursuant to US court orders on September 09, 2013, plaintiffs served the summons and the complaint on the hospital and security staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York where Sonia Gandhi was believed to have been undergoing medical treatment.