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India acknowledges extradition of citizen in high-profile assassination plot case to US

The charges state that Gupta made contact with someone he thought may help locate a hitman for the planned murder

Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national, was extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic on accusations of a purported plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the head of the Sikh separatist movement. The extradition of citizen Nikhil Gupta occurred at the US government’s request. The 52-year-old suspect was taken into custody last year and is presently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Serious charges of murder for hire and conspiracy to commit murder for pay are brought against Gupta. Federal authorities in the United States assert that Gupta had given an assassin $100,000 to assassinate Pannun, a resident of New York City. In addition, it is said that Gupta paid a hitman a $15,000 advance payment as part of this scheme.

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Prominent Sikh separatist and immigration lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is well-known for his support of the establishment of an independent Sikh state in northern India. He is the spokesperson and legal advisor for Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), an American organization that has been banned in India as of 2019. In India, Pannun faces charges of terrorism because of his separatist actions and attempts to organize referendums abroad.

Through a concerted international law enforcement effort, Nikhil Gupta was apprehended. The charges state that Gupta made contact with someone he thought may help locate a hitman for the planned murder. He had no idea that this person was a confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Gupta was introduced to a purported hitman who was an undercover DEA agent, by the confidential source.

The diplomatic relations between Washington and New Delhi have been complicated by the extradition of Nikhil Gupta to the United States. The case has brought to light the difficulties that US authorities encounter when attempting to protect politically controversial people who are legally resident within their borders. Additionally, Gupta’s extradition coincides with a major diplomatic event: the annual ICET debate, which takes place in New Delhi and is anticipated to bring up the matter, will be attended by the US National Security Advisor.

Nikhil Gupta’s extradition to the United States has been recognized by India. Randhir Jaiswal, a spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry, said that the Czech constitutional court maintained the rulings of the courts regarding the legality of the extradition request.

The case has garnered noteworthy attention owing to its global ramifications and the participation of a Khalistani separatist leader. The US officials are seeking more information and have recognized India’s attempts to look into the problem.

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