SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

NEW YORK

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been summoned by a federal court in Los Angeles, California, for allegedly instigating violence against the Sikh Community in 1984, in which many Sikhs were killed.

Bachchan, 72, is accused of raising ‘blood for blood’ slogan on Oct 31, 1984, after Indian Prime Minister was shot dead by her Sikh bodyguards. The plaintiff, Sikhs For Justice, a US human rights group - has invoked the jurisdiction of Los Angeles Federal Court as Bachchan has co-starred with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie ‘The Great Gatsby’, which was produced by Warner Bros.

According to a SfJ press release, after Mrs Gandhi was declared dead at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), defendant Amitabh Bachchan, raised the slogans ‘Sikho ne Indira Ji ko mar dala’ (‘Sikhs have killed Indira’) and ‘the blood stains should reach the households of Sikhs’ and (blood for blood).  The crowd immediately took to violence, the press release said. ‘For 30 years, Bachchan is thriving on the impunity due to his star status. Indian courts have failed to take cognizance of his crimes against humanity’, attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SfJ, said. ‘It is our resolve to hold every1984 perpetrator of violence against Sikhs accountable in international courts irrespective of their celebrity or political status,’ added attorney Pannun.