Friday, January 16, 2015

Suit Against India's PM Over Role In Anti-Muslim Riots Dismissed

In American Justice Center (AJC), Inc. v. Modi, (SD NY, Jan. 14, 2015), a New York federal district court dismissed on immunity grounds a suit that was brought against the current prime minister of India over his actions as Chief Minister of Gujarat during anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. The suit was brought under the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Statute.  (See prior posting.) The court accepted the U.S. government's contention that Modi enjoys immunity from suit as a sitting head of a foreign government. The Hindu reports on the decision.