Washington, Jan 27 (Agencies): A Sikh community group said, on Thursday, it will lodge petitions if the Indian government makes any efforts to get diplomatic immunity for Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath for his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The issue of diplomatic immunity is decided by the court and the US Department of State can only give its recommendation, according to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a US based human rights advocacy group, which filed a civil suit against Kamal Nath last April.

If diplomatic immunity is granted to Kamal Nath, plaintiffs will challenge it in the highest court of the US and will also lodge petitions and complaints before the UN Human Rights Commission with regard to India's open practice of impunity, he said on Thursday.

The US is still reviewing whether Kamal Nath, who has been summoned by a New York court for his alleged role in the1984 anti-Sikh riots, can be given diplomatic immunity, State Department spokesperson Philip J. Crowley told reporters on Monday.

"The immunity question remains under review here at the State Department, and we have not made any determination at this point," he said.

Kamal Nath has been summoned Feb 9 by New York's Southern district court for a pre-trial conference, according to Pannun.

Plaintiffs have asked for a jury trial and will have the right to call upon survivors and experts on genocide as witnesses to prove that systematic killing of Sikhs in November 1984 was genocide as defined in Article 2 of the UN Convention on Genocide, he said.