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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

Modi government rescued former marines from Qatar, will Modi government be able to rescue Nikhil Gupta from America too?

New Delhi : Nikhil Gupta, accused of conspiring to kill a Sikh separatist in the US, will be tried in a US court. 53-year-old Gupta was arrested in the Czech Republic on June 30, 2023, on the request of the US government for being involved in the conspiracy to kill Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in New York. Gupta was extradited to the US on June 14. According to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, Gupta is accused of contract killing and conspiracy. India has already set up an investigation committee to investigate the allegations. US investigators claim that Gupta was hired by an Indian government agent. If Gupta is convicted, he/she can be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment for each charge. At the same time, Gupta is calling himself innocent in this case. Now the question is whether the Modi government will be able to release Nikhil Gupta from the US in the same way as it was successful in bringing 8 former marines sentenced to death in Qatar to India. However, there are differences between Qatar’s system of governance and America’s system of governance. Qatar is ruled by the Emir. In contrast, America has a democratic system.

Czech Republic reveals how Nikhil Gupta, accused of plotting to kill Khalistani Pannu, was taken to America

Who is Nikhil Gupta?

Nikhil Gupta, also known as ‘Nick’, is an Indian citizen. Gupta, accused of plotting the murder of Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, is currently kept in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. According to media reports, Nikhil Gupta had gone to the Czech Republic for business and tourism. On the other hand, the Czech Republic authorities were told that he/she was a drug businessman. After this, he/she was arrested at the airport on charges of drug smuggling. After this, the Czech Republic court approved the extradition of Nikhil Gupta after hearing.

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Marines were sentenced to death in Qatar

8 former Indian Navy personnel worked in Dahra Global Technologies and Consulting Services in Qatar. According to media reports, these people were arrested in August 2022 for allegedly spying for Israel. A case was filed against these people in Qatar court. About 14 months after the arrest, these people were sentenced to death in October 2023. After the death sentence, the families of the marines met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. The External Affairs Minister had assured help to the families of the former marines. After this, India tried to seek Turkey’s help to persuade Qatar. It is believed that relations between Qatar and Turkey are very good. Nothing has been said by the Government of India on the allegations against the former marines. However, India insisted on proper treatment of its citizens. On 28 December 2023, the sentence of the marines was converted to life imprisonment.

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How were the ex-marines released?

In February this year, Qatar released all eight former Indian marines. This release was described as a diplomatic success of the Modi government. Before the release of the marines, PM Modi had met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. According to the BBC report, the release of the marines happened at a time when India made a $78 billion LNG deal with Qatar. This deal was also considered the main reason behind the release of the marines. This deal between India and Qatar was for 20 years. Qatar was the largest exporter of LNG (liquefied natural gas) until some time ago. However, later America left it behind. Qatar was restless to regain its dominance in the global market. For this, Qatar was looking for new markets in Asia. This deal with India gave it a big opportunity.

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