MILWAUKEE (AP) - - An Indian head of state is expected to visit Wisconsin next week, and a Sikh group accusing him of human-rights violations is offering $10,000 to anyone who serves him with a federal summons while he's here.
The New York-based advocacy group Sikhs for Justice has filed two federal lawsuits in Milwaukee against Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab. The first lawsuit was thrown out in May over conflicting reports about whether the person served with court papers was actually Badal.
The group plans to be far more diligent this time. Badal is expected to be in the Milwaukee area July 5 for a wedding, and the group has hired three agencies of professional servers to deliver the papers.
The servers plan to stake out airports in Milwaukee and Chicago. They'll try to track him down at the wedding venue, and they'll look for him at all points in between. Their goal is to deliver a court summons, which can be handed to him or even dropped at his feet.
"We are not taking any chances this time," said Gurpatwant Pannun, legal adviser for Sikhs for Justice. "We want to have a photograph and, if possible, video" of Badal being served.
Pannun said the chief minister commands a police force that has terrorized and tortured countless people, including the lawsuit's three plaintiffs.
The lawsuit also names Badal's son as a defendant. Sukhbir Singh Badal is Punjab's deputy chief minister, in which capacity he also oversaw and condoned the detainment and torture of political prisoners, the suit contends.
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