The Indian Supreme Court docket dismissed Thursday a habeas corpus petition by one of many members of the family of Nikhil Gupta for his launch from detention within the Czech Republic. Gupta has been accused of plotting the homicide of pro-Khalistan activist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Habeas corpus petitions are a authorized mechanism that protects a person’s proper to be free from illegal detention or imprisonment.
In a brief dismissal order, the courtroom thought of worldwide regulation and sovereignty ideas to reject all prayers within the writ petition. Gupta stays detained after a go to from an Indian Embassy officer and a associated Excessive Court docket order. He urged treating the writ petition as a illustration to the federal government of India, which the courtroom acknowledged with out offering particular instructions.
The Minister of Exterior Affairs Randhir Jaiswal, in a weekly media briefing, commented on the problem by saying, “We haven’t seen the order of the ruling of Supreme Court docket. Subsequently, it will likely be not honest for me to touch upon it. We’re but to see the formal order of the Supreme Court docket.”
In late November 2023, US prosecutors charged Gupta, who’s an Indian authorities worker, with conspiring to homicide Pannun. The alleged conspiracy, funded by an Indian authorities company, concerned Gupta paying $100,000 to an undercover US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent for Pannun’s homicide. Whereas Pannun was not explicitly named in Gupta’s indictment, his deal with was given because the goal.
Pannun is understood for advocating Punjab’s secession from India to determine Khalistan, resulting in the Indian authorities banning him and his separatist group. Gupta allegedly talked about a number of targets, together with the just lately killed Canadian activist Nijjar, who was thought of a terrorist by the Indian authorities. Czech authorities had apprehended Nikhil Gupta within the Czech Republic based mostly on a request from the US in June.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leveled similar allegations in opposition to the Indian authorities in September. Trudeau accused India of involvement in a Sikh separatist chief’s assassination on Canadian soil. Tensions escalated with diplomatic expulsions, visa suspensions, and mutual allegations.