A lawsuit has been filed in California suing US comedian Jay Leno for what it calls “racist” comments on the Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Indian-American Randeep Dhillon says Leno “hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people in addition to the plaintiff”.

A recent Leno skit showed the shrine as the summer home of Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Mr Romney has faced questions over his wealth and Sikhs are angry the temple was shown as a place for the rich.

An Indian minister called Leno’s comments “objectionable” and said “freedom does not mean hurting the sentiments of others”.

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