Will the Modi government be able to get Nikhil Gupta released from America? The request for consular access has not been received yet

Ananya Shroff
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Will the Modi government be able to get Nikhil Gupta released from America? The request for consular access has not been received yet


New Delhi: Indian citizen Nikhil Gupta has been extradited to the US from the Czech Republic after allegations of involvement in the conspiracy to kill Khalistani extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. Nikhil Gupta was arrested in the Czech Republic in June last year, after which he was extradited and handed over to the US on June 14. However, Indian authorities have not yet received a request for diplomatic access from Nikhil Gupta.

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The Ministry of External Affairs is in touch with Nikhil Gupta's family

“He was extradited to the US on June 14,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal. “We have not yet received any request for consular access from Nikhil Gupta but his family has approached us. We are in touch with the family members and looking into the matter to see what can be done on their request,” he said while responding to a question during the weekly press briefing.

Nikhil Gupta, 53, pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a New York federal court on June 17. Indian authorities were allowed to meet him on a few occasions while he was in Czech Republic custody. In November last year, US federal prosecutors accused Gupta of working in collusion with an Indian government employee in a failed plot to murder Pannu in New York.

Pannu, wanted in India on terrorism charges, holds dual citizenship of the US and Canada. People aware of the matter said the issue of consular access to Gupta will be decided according to the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1963. Article 36 of this treaty states that a person in custody should request consular access from the authorities of his country.

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