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10:29 pm - Friday January 30, 2015

Sonia refuses copy of her passport to US court

Sonia GandhiAgencies, New Delhi
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has refused to provide copy of her passport to a US court, saying that Government of India had not allowed her to do so for security reasons after the court had asked her to submit the documents in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Ms Gandhi, who is facing a Human Rights violation case filed by a US-based Sikh group, had been asked by a New York court on March 20 to submit a copy of her passport to corroborate her declaration that she was not in the United States from September 2-9, 2013, during which period she was served with the Summons in the anti-Sikh riots case.     Ms Gandhi, in a letter to her counsel in the US on April 5, said the Union Government had denied her permission to disclose her travels, which are contained in her passport.

‘’In matters of disclosure of my travels which are contained in the passport document, the Government of India has informed me that they would not permit such a disclosure…,’’ Ms Gandhi wrote in the letter to her counsel, who forwarded it to the US Court.

The UPA chairperson has contested the claim by the Human Rights Group, saying that she was not even present in the US during the period when she was served the summons.

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