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Barapind sues central govt,Punjab for $ 10m in US court

Former militant and Akali Dal Panch Pardhani chief Kulvir Singh Barapind,who was extradited from the United States,has moved a court in that country alleging that he is being tortured by the police officials in Punjab,despite the Indian government’s assurance to the contrary.

Former militant and Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) chief Kulvir Singh Barapind,who was extradited from the United States,has moved a court in that country alleging that he is being tortured by the police officials in Punjab,despite the Indian government’s assurance to the contrary. Barapind has sued the Republic of India,the state government of Punjab,and several others,under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and demanded $10 million in damages for “suffering torture in the custody of Punjab Police”.

Among others,he has also sued President Pranab Mukharjee,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,External Affairs Minister,Home Minister,National Security Advisor,Director of National Investigative Agency and Punjab Police chief.

In the complaint moved before the court Barapind through his attorney Kamardeep Singh Athwal has submitted that he was surrendered to Indian authorities on the condition that he would not suffer “torture” in India,but he was arrested on September 19,2012 by the Nawanshehr Police for alleged “preventive measures” in wake of a Bharat Bandh call by NDA.

He has submitted that he was confined in Ludhiana Jail and was charged under “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act” by Phillaur police. After securing his police remand the police allegedly subjected to torture in custody as “electric shocks” were given to him,which is in violation of extardition treaty.

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He has also maintained that despite an Indian court order directing Barapind’s medical examination to determine if he was tortured was never conducted.

First published on: 12-05-2013 at 02:41:57 am
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