US ‘helps’ PM Modi by dismissing $100-million lawsuit for abolishing Article 370

The US court has rejected the case filed against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the plaintiff did not appear in the court for the last two hearings. 

The USD 100 million lawsuit was filed in September 2019 by a separatist Kashmir Khalistan Front and his two companions prior to the Trump and Modi’s event in Texas. It had demanded a compensation of 100 million dollars from Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon after the government had abolished the provision that gave Jammu and Kashmir special provisions and divided it into two union territories. 

The Kashmir Khalistan was able to serve summons to Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Dhillon in Houston on February 18, 2020. The District Court of Texas said that the Kashmir Khalistan Referendum Front has not even attempted to participate in the prosecution of the case. Additionally, they have failed to appear in the hearing of the court and on October 6 they had suggested for the case to be dismissed. 

The other two associates of the Kashmir Khalistan Front were not identified only their initials were used for the case, ‘SMS’ AND ‘TFK’, while they were represented by the lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. 

The Indian Parliament had passed the law stating that it was in collective economic and political interest. The new modified provisions would not be an obstacle in the functioning of the country and prevent to promote the spread of the hostile feeling of detachment in the country.

The abrogation of Article 370 had led to violence and riots in several parts of the country especially Jammu and Kashmir, many politicians of Kashmir were put into house arrest for their attempt of creating the sense of belligerence and separatism. However, the lawsuit was an unusual reaction to the abolishment of Article 370 as instead of compensation the plaintiffs were expected to demand the restoration of the law. 

It can also be implied that the United States of America has been helping the country in many instances. The United States has been providing ammunitions and warships including assistance in diplomatic settlements in the international forum with regard to Pakistan and China, however, the allegation can be denied as the US court had given a valid justification for the dismissal of the lawsuit.

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Written by Shailly Agarwal

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