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Trying ahead to the outcomes of India’s inquiry into Pannun case, says U.S.


State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.
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The U.S. has stated it’s trying ahead to the outcomes of the Indian inquiry into the allegations that an Indian official was concerned in an alleged plot to assassinate Sikh separatist chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil.

In November final 12 months, U.S. federal prosecutors charged Indian nationwide Nikhil Gupta of working with an Indian authorities worker within the foiled plot to kill Pannun in New York. Pannun, wished in India on terror costs, holds twin citizenship of the U.S. and Canada.

Gupta, who was arrested within the Czech Republic in June final 12 months, was extradited to the U.S. on June 14.

“They (Indian officials) have announced that they are conducting an inquiry, and we will look forward to the results of that inquiry,” State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller advised reporters at his every day information convention on Wednesday.

He was responding to a query on members of the Foreign Senate Foreign Relations Committee writing a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling for a robust diplomatic response on the Indian authorities’s involvement in an alleged assassination try on a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil.

Following the allegations, India appointed a high-level inquiry committee to look into the inputs offered by the U.S. on the plot.

Mr. Miller stated, “We will respond to those members privately as we always do. I won’t speak to that here. But as pertains to the other issue, when this issue first arose, we made clear that we had raised it with the government of India and told them that we expected there to be a full investigation.”

During a digital media briefing on Wednesday on his and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s go to to India final week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell stated, the U.S. has constantly pressed India for updates on the Indian investigation into the alleged foiled plot to kill Sikh separatist Pannun and made it clear that it seeks accountability within the case.

“We have had constructive dialogue with India on this topic and I would say that they have been responsive to our concerns,” he stated.

“We’ve made clear that we seek accountability from the Government of India and we have consistently asked for updates on the Indian committee of inquiry’s investigations,” Campbell stated.

“And I would just simply say that we raised this issue directly with the Indian government…at the most senior levels between our two sides,” he stated.

He was replying to a query on whether or not the ‘murder-for-hire’ plot concentrating on Pannun was raised throughout conferences that he and Sullivan held with their Indian counterparts.

Responding to a different query on the Lok Sabha elections in India, Miller stated, “When it comes to the Indian elections, we have been quite clear on behalf of the United States government that we celebrate what was the largest exercise of democracy in the history of the world.” “It was an extraordinary achievement. And then when it comes to the outcome of the election, we obviously take no side. That’s a question for the people of India to decide,” Mr. Miller stated.

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