US Looking To See Results Of India’s Investigation, Taking Plot To Kill Case Seriously
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS and ANI) – US Senator and Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Ben Cardin on November 30 said that the US Justice Department’s indictment of an Indian national for his alleged involvement in a failed assassination plot was disturbing and that he will be chairing a Senate hearing on the issue.
Cardin noted, “We are witnessing an alarming rise in transnational repression globally, where governments are dispatching assassins and kidnappers or using international criminal networks to abduct, harass, intimidate, and harm dissidents, journalists, and other individuals – far beyond their borders.”
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Indian government’s decision to investigate the matter was “good and appropriate” and added that the US looked forward to seeing the results.
“About India, first, this is an ongoing legal matter. So you’ll understand I can’t comment on it in detail. I can say that this is something we take very seriously. A number of us have raised this directly with the Indian Government in the past weeks. The government announced today that it was conducting an investigation, and that’s good and appropriate, and we look forward to seeing the results,” Blinken told reporters in Tel Aviv.
The White House said that while it continues to strengthen its strategic partnership with India, it takes the allegations that an Indian was involved in a foiled bid to kill a Sikh separatist leader on its soil “very seriously”.
The response came closely after New Delhi reacted to the US indictment of an Indian individual in a plot-to-kill charge, and said it is a “matter of concern” and also “contrary to the government policy”.
“I would just say two things. India remains a strategic partner and we’re going to continue to work to improve and strengthen that strategic partnership with India. At the same time, we take this very seriously,” John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, said in response to a question at a news conference.
Welcoming India’s efforts to investigate the matter, Kirby also said that the recent developments will not impact the India-US relationship.
“These allegations in this investigation, (we) take it very seriously. And we’re glad to see that the Indians are announcing their efforts to investigate this. And we’ve been clear that we want to see anybody that’s responsible for these alleged crimes to be held properly accountable,” he said, adding that it will not impact the India-US relationship.
India constituted a high-level Enquiry Committee to look into all the relevant aspects of the matter and said it would take necessary follow-up action based on the findings of the Committee.