Monitoring Desk: A US court summons Amitabh Bachchan for instigating violence against the Sikh community in 1984.
According to Sikh24 dot com, Big B (Amitabh Bachchan) is accused of raising “blood for blood” slogan on 31st October 1984 after Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her two bodyguards who happened to be Sikhs.
The plaintiff “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) a US human rights group has invoked the jurisdiction of Los Angeles Federal Court as Bachchan has co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Great Gatsby”. The movie was produced by a known Hollywood based entertainment company Warner Bros.
As per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Bachchan has 21 days after the service of summons to respond to the charges of human rights violations. “If you failed to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for relief demanded in the complaint”, warns the October 27 summons issued by the US Federal Court for the Central District of California.
The case has been filed under Alien Torts Statute (ATS) and Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) which gives Federal Courts jurisdiction over the human rights violations committed outside the United States.