Khalistani terrorist Gurpwant Pannu (File photo)

New Delhi:

US President Joe Biden's top national security adviser John Finer raised the issue of a failed plot to kill a Sikh terrorist on US soil to New Delhi during his visit to India. He conveyed the importance of holding accountable anyone found responsible in the investigation being conducted by India for its investigation into alleged Indian links in this matter.

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US accepts India's attempt to investigate

As John Finer concluded his high-profile visit to India, the White House issued a statement saying that Finner acknowledged India's efforts to investigate a "deadly conspiracy" and underlined the need to hold those responsible accountable. "Finer acknowledged the importance of India establishing an investigative committee to investigate the deadly conspiracy in the US and holding anyone found responsible accountable," said a readout referring to the meetings of the US top NSA in Delhi.

The readout did not say which Indian officials the key top NSA had raised the issue with during his meetings. The White House said Finer also discussed Gaza's plans and the "path towards a two-state solution" after the conflict with his Indian negotiators.

India's name in failed assassination attempt a matter of concern

John Finer, along with Vikram Misri led a US delegation for an inter-sessional review of the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (ICET), with both sides reviewing on Monday.

India on Thursday described as "concern" the US linking an Indian official to a man accused of plotting to kill Sikh extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. Further action will be taken based on the findings of the inquiry panel that probed the allegations, it said. India has already set up an investigation team to probe the US allegations.

Nikhil Gupta charged with foiled plot to kill Pannu

Last week, US federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged 52-year-old Nikhil Gupta with cooperating with an Indian public servant in a foiled plot to kill Pannu. Prosecutors notified a Manhattan court that Czech Republic authorities had arrested Gupta and he was in custody.

The US readout said that besides the ICET review, Finer also held bilateral and regional consultations with Misri, Minister Jaishankar, NSA Doval and Foreign Secretary Kwatra for in-depth discussions aimed at strengthening "coordination and policy alignment" across the Indo-Pacific.

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