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Gujarat Riots: Relief to PM Modi as US Court dismisses Lawsuit against Him

New York, Jan 15: In a huge relief to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now he will not be tried in the US court as it has dismissed the 2002 Gujarat riots case against him.

The hearing came on Wednesday. The US district Judge Analisa Torres while dismissing the lawsuit maintained that Modi has immunity and now he is the head of the government.

A lawsuit had been filed in the US claiming that Modi had failed to stop the Gujarat communal riots in 2002 that claimed thousands of lives.

The case was filed in September by the American Justice Center, a human rights group, ahead of Modi's visit to the US, alleging that Modi, who was the then chief minister of Gujarat, was responsible for the communal violence in which more than 1000 people died following the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was set on fire and that resulted in the tragic death of 58 passengers travelling in the coach where several Karsevaks were also present.

The judgment came ahead of the visit of President Barack Obama to India where he will attend the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. He was invited by PM Modi during G20 summit at Brisbane.

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