Even as the head of the government Prime Minister Narendra Modi can’t escape prosecution for actions prior to assuming the PM’s office, said American Justice Centre, which filed the case against Modi during his recent visit to the US.
AJC said that, US District Judge James Boasberg had ruled Manmohan Singh’s immunity as head of state did not cover his tenure as finance minister prior to becoming the PM.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, attorney for the AJC said that, “We will challenge the suggestion of immunity by the US Government”.
“Modi, as the sitting head of a foreign government, enjoys head of State immunity from
the jurisdiction of US courts”, said Preet Bharara.
“Modi is entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of this court over this suit.”
Bharara said that, “After a head of state or head of government leaves office, however, that individual generally retains residual immunity only for acts taken in an official capacity while in that position”.