Indian Diplomat Accuses Prominent Canadian Figure of Interfering in Sikh Murder Case

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Canada’s ongoing investigation into the June murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia has faced allegations of interference from a high-level Canadian official, according to India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Verma expressed concerns about the impact of public statements made by the Canadian official on the murder probe.

The case revolves around allegations of Indian involvement in the murder of Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, whom India has referred to as a “terrorist.” India vehemently denies any involvement in Nijjar’s murder.

Verma stated, “I would go a step further and say now the investigation has already been tainted. A direction has come from someone at a high level to say India or Indian agents are behind it.”

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While Verma did not explicitly name the high-level official, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously commented on the matter. Trudeau, on September 18, mentioned, “Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India” and Nijjar’s death.

The allegations surrounding Nijjar’s murder have strained diplomatic relations between Canada and India.

In response to Canada’s allegations, India requested Ottawa to reduce its diplomatic presence, prompting Canada to withdraw 41 diplomats from India.

Verma emphasized that India has not received concrete evidence from Canada or its allies supporting the claim that Indian agents were involved in Nijjar’s killing.

Despite the ongoing diplomatic tension, Verma conveyed India’s interest in expanding business ties with Canada and returning to the negotiating table to discuss a trade deal.

Notably, in September, Canada suspended talks on a proposed trade treaty with India, just three months after both nations expressed their intent to finalize an initial agreement during the year. The situation continues to raise diplomatic and trade-related challenges for both countries.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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