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Federal court to decide if visiting India leader was served lawsuit properly

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Her federal lawsuit was heard by a jury in Grand Rapids.
Her federal lawsuit was heard by a jury in Grand Rapids.

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A federal court hearing is set for Thursday, to determine if a high-ranking official in India was properly served with a lawsuit when he paid a visit to Oak Creek.

Parkash Singh Badal claimed he was out shopping, when a human rights group tried to serve him with a federal U.S. lawsuit.

His lawyer said Badal was not served properly.

The “Sikhs for Justice” group wants a U.S. court to decide whether Badal, the chief minister of India’s state of Punjab, oversaw the tortures of Sikhs in India.

Badal appeared in the Milwaukee area last August for a private wedding.  He met with survivors of the Sikh Temple massacre in Oak Creek.

Group members took the opportunity to serve Badal with a lawsuit when he was at Oak Creek High School – and Badal’s lawyers plan to present diplomatic testimony to prove that he was not served correctly.

The 30-page suit accused Badal of controlling law enforcement officials who allegedly inflicted inhumane treatment on thousands of people.

It also said there are no adequate remedies for the plaintiffs to win a court action in India.

Milwaukee Federal Judge Rudolph Randa withdrew from the case – and Judge Lynn Adelman is preparing to hear the arguments this week.

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