A Sikh group based in the United States of America, has questioned the Obama government about the status of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s permission to enter the American territory. They have filed a lawsuit against the Department of State asking for documentation of the lift of ban announced by Obama on the Indian Prime Ministers entry since June last year.
The actual problem
A group of Sikhs in the United States who call themselves Sikhs for Justice [SFJ], want to know why the government of USA is failing to reply to their request of seeking information regarding this issue, through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The group is extremely disappointed with the excessive delay caused by the Department of State in giving out information on this matter.
Now, the Department has not more than 60 days to respond to this quarry of the Sikh for Justice group. Within this period of time, the Department must produce documents relating to the visa and permission to enter into the country without any further delay. In defense of the SFJ, it is being said that they have the right to know why the former Chief Minister of Gujarat was granted the permission again.
This was a question put forward by legal adviser to the SFJ Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. In his own words he said “It is right of the Americans to know the reasons why the Obama administration, after censuring Narendra Modi for more than a decade, now condones the acts of violence committed by former Chief Minister of Gujarat.”
A peek into history
Going back to history, President Obama had denied entry of Narendra Modi to the United States in the year 2002, suspecting his involvement as the Chief Minister in the riots that took place in Gujarat that year. It has been observed that the ban has been lifted after Narendra Modi elevated himself to the position of the Prime Minister of India. President Barrack Obama, personally invited Mr Modi to come to the White House.
Original Source: Sikh SiyaSat