September 30, 2014 | By Parmjit Singh, sikhsiyasat.net
Washington, DC: The Kashmir American Council staged a sit-in outside the White House on Monday (Sept. 29) as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived to attend a private dinner where he was due to meet US President Obama and other key US officials.
A number of Sikh protesters also gathered outside the White House and raised slogans against the Indian prime minister.
An “International The News” report says police had to intervene when some of Narendra Modi supporters and protesters came face to face.
It is notable that on September 28 a broad coalition of organisations that came under the umbrella Alliance for Justice and Accountability has mass demonstration outside the Madison Square Garden to register their protest against Narendra Modi, while accusing him of being in complicity for the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat when Modi was Chief Minister of the State.
Meanwhile human rights group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) said that as U.S. President Barack Obama rolls out the red carpet for Modi on September 30, a Citizens’ Court in Lafayette Park, immediately outside the front end of the White House, would hold indictment proceedings against the Indian Prime Minister that would be telecast live throughout the U.S.
A news reported by The Hindu says a copy of the “charge sheet” and notice of indictment proceedings for the Citizens’ Court was said to have been recently served on Narendra Modi through the Indian Embassy using a summons delivery service, whose officer signed an affidavit that he delivered a copy of the documents to a named Embassy official at the Embassy premises near Dupont Circle and informed that person of the contents.
The “charge sheet” includes six counts against Modi under identified statutes of U.S. law, SFJ said.
While the proceedings may not have any legal ramifications for Modi they come at an awkward time, when he will have his first ever meeting with Obama, whose administration held firm to a visa-ban against Modi issued in 2005 for his alleged role in the 2002 Muslim pogrom.
Permission to conduct the Citizens’ Court has reportedly been granted to the SFJ by the National Parks Service