A United States District Court has issued a ‘default order' against Transport Minister Kamal Nath for his failure to respond to the summons in connection with a civil suit filed here concerning his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“The dock entries indicate that the defendant had not filed an answer or otherwise moved with respect to the complaint,” said the document of the New York Federal District Court.

Mr. Nath said in New Delhi that it came as a complete surprise to him and that he would take appropriate legal advice and action. “I have not been served with any summons to date. The news of a Default Order, referred in the news report, being passed against me for ‘failure to respond to summons' comes as a complete surprise.”

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