"The President, the Secretary (of State) looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to US. We have said that consistently since his election, and that remains the case," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said.

When asked about an online petition by New York-based Sikh for Justice rights group seeking cancellation of Modi's meeting, she said, "I believe it's one of the 'We, the People' petitions. There were some fraud checks that indicated a high number of nomalous, I don't know how to say this word."

In its petition, the SFJ has asked President Obama to cancel his meeting with Narendra Modi in September. The group has also sought documents related to the visa ban of Narendra Modi since 2005.

In 2005, US State Department had revoked a visa that Narendra Modi had for travelling to US in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

Harf said a number of the signature were removed because of the terms of participation.

"Users can still sign the petition, and if it garners 100,000 non-fraudulent signatures before the deadline, I think it will receive an official response. So again, people are free to express themselves," she said on Tuesday.

When asked can US prosecute somebody, a foreign prime minister or foreign country's leader, she said, "I wouldn’t want to venture a guess at that hypothetical."

She said, "I will repeat what I just said, that we look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to United States, as the President and the Secretary have both said."

Following his historic win in the general elections this year, President Obama called Narendra Modi personally and invited him for a meeting in September last week at the White House.

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