Jagtar Singh alleged he was given electric shocks on his ears, laid on an ice slab and doused in cold water. He also said he was beaten with wooden sticks and leather belts, and tied in a wooden trap for extended periods.
The lawsuit says the Badals not only condoned the acts, but rewarded some of the officers.
“The defendants throughout their tenure have actively shielded, protected and promoted the police officers who were or have been involved in gross human rights violations, extra-judicial killings and torture,” the lawsuit said.
After Sikhs for Justice filed its first lawsuit last year, Punjab police began harassing the plaintiffs’ relatives and friends in India, Pannun said.
Sikhs for Justice initially tried to serve Parkash Singh Badal when he visited suburban Milwaukee last year. He was in town following a shooting rampage in which a white supremacist opened fire at a Sikh temple, killing six people.
However, a man who said he was at the event as an interpreter testified that the papers were handed to him, not to Badal. A judge concluded that the process servers who believed they served Badal made an “honest mistake.”