Legal request issued to US against ‘Sikhs for Justice’: MEA

Only known individual from SFJ, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, was designated terrorist last year and his social media pages were banned in India

Legal request issued to US against ‘Sikhs for Justice’: MEA

Photo for representation. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4

India has issued a Mutual Legal Assistance Request to the US for investigation in the matter of ‘Referendum 2020’ by the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reiterated at its weekly media briefing.

As per procedure, the request has been sent directly by the Indian authorities concerned to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), it added.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed a case against SFJ and connected it to the farmers stir even before the Red Fort violence by stating in the FIR that the “SFJ leadership has planned large-scale disruptive activities intended to damage government and private property, and also disrupt supplies and services essential to the life of the community in India”.

Last month the NIA had summoned at least 40 people to appear for questioning in connection with the case.

The only known individual from the so-called SFJ, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, was designated as a terrorist last year and his social media pages were banned in India. SFJ was outlawed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in July last year.

Pannun has since been sending phone-recorded messages, mainly from California, to officials, politicians and the civil society. Congress and Akali Dal leaders from Punjab have called him a paper tiger and point out that the call for a referendum flopped so badly that it had to be “postponed”.

However, the MEA did not answer whether India had sought extradition of alleged Khalistani terrorists from Canada and the US where demonstration before Indian embassies and consulates have been aggressive and intimidatory.

Tribune Shorts


Top News

SC verdict on review plea on its order of letting off Navjot Sidhu with fine in 1988 road rage case shortly

Navjot Singh Sidhu gets 1-year jail term in road rage case

The case refers to a 1988 road rage incident

Will submit to the majesty of law: Sidhu says after SC sentences him to one-year jail

Will submit to the majesty of law, Sidhu says after SC sentences him to one-year jail

Sidhu was in Patiala to take part in a protest against infla...

Sunil Jakhar likely to join BJP today

Punjab Congress ex-president Sunil Jakhar joins BJP; thanks Modi, Shah

Sources say Jakhar may be nominated for Rajya Sabha and woul...

Mathura court allows petition seeking removal of Shahi Idgah mosque

Mathura court allows petition seeking removal of Shahi Idgah mosque

According to petition, the mosque is built on land that belo...

Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik convicted in terror funding case

Delhi court convicts Yasin Malik in terror funding case

Special Judge Praveen Singh directs the NIA authorities to a...

Cities

View All