US court summons Amitabh Bachchan in connection with 1984 anti-Sikh riots

| Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:12
First Published |

Washington: The summons issued to Amitabh Bachchan, by a federal court in Los Angeles in an alleged human rights violations case, has been served on the superstar's Hollywood manager on Monday, according to a Sikh rights body.

New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed a lawsuit against Bachchan claiming that he had instigated violence against the Sikh community by raising "blood for blood" slogans in 1984.

However, the 72-year-old movie star has denied such allegations.

Bachchan's manager in the Hollywood, David A Unger, was served with a copy of the Federal Court summons and complaint by the SFJ on February 23.

Unger is a prominent talent agent and co-owner of 'Three Six Zero Group'.

As per Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Bachchan has 21 days after the service of summons to respond to the charges of human rights violations.

"If defendant failed to respond by March 17, we will move the court for entry of default judgment imposing compensatory and punitive damages against Bachchan for instigating violence which took lives of thousands of innocent Sikhs during November, 1984," said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ.

So far, the Sikh rights body has unsuccessfully filed human rights violations lawsuit against several Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor, Manmohan Singh. 

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6- Afghanistan bowl out Scotland for 210, their highest WC score

Majid Haq and Alasdair Evans shared valuable 62 runs for the ninth wicket to lift Scotland to 210, its highest cricket World Cup score in three appearances, in a Pool A match against Afghanistan here today. 

Asked to bat first on a seam-friendly conditions, Scotland lost wickets at regular intervals to be reduced to 144 for eight at one stage before Haq and Evans batted sensible to register Scotland's highest ninth wicket partnership and also Scotland register their highest score in the World Cup. 

For Afghanistan, opening bowling pair of Shapoor Zadran (4/38) and Dawlat Zadran (3/29) used the bowler-friendly conditions to perfection to share seven wickets between them University Oval. 

Afghanistan bowlers got going from the start and snared wickets at regular breaks to never really let Scotland settle. 

The Scots were themselves to blame as barring three most of their batsmen gave away starts to find themselves to lose half of their side inside the 100-run mark. 

Kyle Coetzer (25), Matt Machan (31), skipper Preston Mommsen (23), Richie Berrington (25) and wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (15) all got starts before giving away their wickets. 

In a spot of bother at 144, it took a sensible and gritty effort from Haq and Evans to rescue Scotland from dire straits. 

Haq and Evans took the fight to the opposition bowlers and played cautiously to help Scotland bat out the entire 50 overs and in the process notch up their highest World Cup score, bettering 186 runs scored against South Africa in 2007 edition of the tournament. 

The ninth-wicket partnership between lasted almost 13 overs, before its innings ended off the last ball of the final over.

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