US accuses Indian agent of directing plot to assassinate American citizen | US news |
The New York Court has mandated the US federal government to respond to a motion filed by Nikhil Gupta’s defense seeking information related to charges accusing him of conspiring to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil. The defense submitted the motion on January 4, 2024, prompting US District Judge Victor Marrero to instruct the government to reply within three days. Gupta, a 52-year-old Indian national, faces charges of murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, with each offense carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to United States Attorney Matthew G. Olsen.
The prosecution alleges that Gupta collaborated with an Indian government employee in the thwarted plot against Pannun, who holds dual citizenship of the US and Canada. Czech authorities arrested Gupta on June 30, 2023, based on the extradition treaty between the United States and the Czech Republic. The arrest followed Gupta’s involvement in the murder plot, as per the request of US authorities. The case underscores international cooperation in addressing transnational crimes and the legal complexities surrounding the extradition process.
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