US Court summons Amitabh Bachchan over 1984 Sikh riots

A US district court in Los Angeles has issued a summons to Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation case filed by New York based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and two alleged victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots Babu Singh Dukhiya of Delhi and Mohender Singh of California. Per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the court has directed Bachchan to respond in 21 days after he is served with the summons that also states if he failed to respond, judgment by default will be entered against him for relief demanded in the complaint. Over the years the SFJ has unsuccessfully tried to drag several Indian leaders to US courts in alleged human rights violations cases. Bachchan has been denying allegations of any role in the anti-Sikh riots, and in 2011 he even wrote a letter to the Akal Takht pointing out that his maternal grandparents were Sikhs.