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Indian Diplomat Says Canada’s Probe of Assassination of Sikh Separatist Is ‘Already Tainted’

Demands Ottawa Release Evidence Implicating New Delhi

The bilateral relations between India and Canada have been under constant pressure since PM Justin Trudeau accused New Delhi of participation in the murder of a Sikh separatist in British Columbia.

Now, India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, said that the police probe into the murder has already ‘been damaged’ by what he called ‘a high-level Canadian official’s public statements’.

The investigation reportedly uncovered evidence of Indian involvement in the murder, in a Vancouver suburb, of Canadian citizen and Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar – called a ‘terrorist’ by Delhi. India strenuously denies the allegation.

Reuters reported:

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

Verma did not name the high-level official. On Sept. 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: ‘Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India’ and Nijjar’s death.

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