NRIs seeking a summons for presence of Ms. Sonia Gandhi in US Courts

via SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY published on September 30, 2008

Indian National Overseas Congress “discontinues the case”
 
The Congress President Ms. Sonia Gandhi has suffered another humiliating defeat in the New York State Supreme Court today. On her behalf the overseas Congress President Dr.Sunil Malhotra had filed a hundred million dollar defamation suit against some NRI activists for getting published a full page advertisement in the New York Times on the eve of Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s visit to the UN headquarters in connection with a programme on Gandhi Jayanti. The said defamation materials were taken from the websitewww.janataparty.org.

 





The Congress Party on behalf of Ms. Sonia Gandhi thereafter filed a defamation suit in two courts, one in New Jersey and the other in New York.  The New Jersey Court threw out the petition on August 15 on the ground that Ms. Sonia Gandhi should have appeared  in person before the Court to defend herself which she had  declined to do. The New York case was to be heard on October 2nd, but today the Counsel for the Congress Party has written a letter to the NRI activists stating that they are “discontinuing the case” and withdrawing it from further hearing. This is a humiliating defeat for the leader of the ruling coalition in a nation of a billion people. Considering that a hundred million dollars were claimed as damages, this points to recklessness of the litigation.  The NRI activists are now preparing to file a suit for damages of ten million dollars against Ms. Sonia Gandhi and seek a summons for her presence in the US Courts. 

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