Monday, December 4, 2023

Canadian probe into Nijjar’s killing ‘tainted’ by official’s statements, says Indian envoy

Indian Excessive Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma on Saturday stated that the Canadian investigation into the killing of Sikh separatist chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar has been “tainted” by a high-level Canadian official’s public statements, reported ANI. He didn’t identify the official.

“The place is the proof?” requested Verma in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “The place is the conclusion of the investigation? I’d go a step additional and say now the investigation has already been tainted. A route has come from somebody at a excessive degree to say India or Indian brokers are behind it.”

On September 18, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed Parliament that Canadian intelligence businesses had been actively pursuing “credible allegations” tying Indian brokers to the assassination of Nijjar. He was killed by masked gunmen on June 18 in Surrey, exterior Vancouver.

Nijjar was a powerful supporter of Khalistan, an impartial Sikh state sought by some teams. He was the top of the Khalistan Tiger Power, which is designated a terrorist outfit in India.

India had rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd and motivated”. Later, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated he knowledgeable Canada that it was not its “coverage“ to have interaction in such acts.

On Saturday, Verma instructed The Globe and Mail that India had not acquired any credible proof from Canada or its allies to assist the claims that Indian brokers had been concerned in Nijjar’s killing.

“There is no such thing as a particular or related data offered on this case for us to help them within the investigation,” he added.

The excessive commissioner reiterated that India has no function within the Sikh chief’s demise and harassed that conversations between diplomats are “protected and can’t be used as proof” in court docket or publicly launched.

“You might be speaking about unlawful wiretaps and speaking about proof,” he stated. “Conversations between two diplomats are safe by all worldwide legislation. Present me the way you captured these conversations. Present me that somebody didn’t mimic the voice.”

Verma stated that he had been granted Royal Canadian Mounted Police safety safety attributable to threats to his security.

On September 21, Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated the traditional functioning of the Indian Excessive Fee and consulates in Canada had been disrupted because the diplomatic employees confronted safety threats. He had additionally introduced the suspension of visa companies in Canada.

However from October 26, India resumed choose visa companies for Canadians.

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