Godhra riot is back to haunt Modi and it might create more trouble as a court in US issued summon to Modi who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat during 2002 Godhra riot in the state.
Federal Court of Southern District of New York issued the summon to Modi and it also said that Indian PM has to respond to the summon within 21 days after it is served.
American Justice Center (AJC), which is a non-profit human rights organisation, filed the lawsuit. US media on Friday, Sept 26 reported that the petition was filed by "two survivors of the horrific and organised violence of Gujarat 2002". It also called for a response from Modi on the basis of the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).
If Modi fails to respond, "judgement by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint," said the summon. The AJC is expected to address media on Sept 26 to explain the significance of the lawsuit in the survivors' quest for justice.
Modi reached US after a nine-year visa ban. Now, it will be interesting to see how Barack Obama government would react to the court summon against Modi.