Indian Man extradited to US over Plot to Murder Sikh Separatist

An Indian man who is accused of plotting to assassinate a Sikh separatist has been extradited to the United States.

Indian Man extradited to US over Plot to Murder Sikh Separatist f

The charges against him carry up to 20 years in prison.

An Indian man accused of plotting to assassinate a Sikh separatist has been extradited to the United States and is expected to appear in a New York court on murder charges.

Nikhil Gupta was extradited to the US after he was arrested in the Czech Republic.

He is accused of trying to hire a hitman to assassinate Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, an American citizen.

US prosecutors allege Mr Gupta was directed by an unnamed Indian government official. India has denied any involvement.

In May 2024, the Czech Constitutional Court rejected a petition by Gupta, who denies the charges he faces, against his extradition to the US.

Gupta is expected to be produced in the lower Manhattan courthouse on federal murder-for-hire charges. The charges against him carry up to 20 years in prison.

He is currently being held at the federal Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.

In November 2023, Gupta was charged with plotting to kill at least four Sikh separatists in North America, including Mr Pannun.

Gupta paid $100,000 (£79,000) in cash to a hitman to kill Mr Pannun. However, the hitman was an undercover federal agent.

Mr Pannun is a dual US-Canadian citizen living in New York.

He is the general counsel for Sikhs for Justice, an organisation based in the US that supports the broader Khalistan movement, which calls for an independent homeland for Sikhs, who make up about 2% of India’s population.

In 2020, Mr Pannun was designated a terrorist by the Indian government, an allegation he denies.

He was also an associate of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist leader who was shot dead in Canada in his car in 2023.

The killing led to a deterioration in India-Canada ties after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed there were “credible allegations” that Delhi had been involved. India denied the accusations.

In November, the White House said it had raised the alleged assassination plot against Mr Pannun with India at the most senior level.

Indian officials distanced themselves from the alleged plot, insisting such actions were against government policy. Delhi said it had formed a committee to investigate the allegations against Gupta.

In January 2024, India’s Supreme Court rejected a plea from Gupta which asked it to aid his release and help him get a fair trial.

The petition in India claimed Mr Gupta was arrested by “self-claimed” US federal agents and had not yet been given a fair trial.

India’s top court said it would not intervene in the case, adding that it was up to the government to take action.

Lead Editor Dhiren is our news and content editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".



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