Suit: Car Shop Refused Indian Over Taliban Concern

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -

An Indian national is suing a New Jersey car dealership for $1.26 million, alleging it refused to sell him a luxury vehicle over concerns he might ship it to the Taliban.

Surjeet Bassi of Wallkill, N.Y., claims in the federal suit that he and his business partner went into Prestige-Motors in Paramus in June to trade in his Mercedes-Benz SUV for a newer model.

Bassi says he and the salesman had reached a deal, but the manager told him he couldn’t sell him the car since he came from a “high-risk area” where people buy cars and export them to the Taliban.

Bassi “explained that he was an East Asian Indian and that he was not related in any way to the Taliban,” the lawsuit states. But he was still denied the credit for purchase.