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India Slams WaPo for Making ‘Unwarranted Imputations’ Over Alleged Pannun Plot

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A US media report has insinuated that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "inner circle" was likely aware of the so-called "foiled plot" to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a designated terrorist living in the US.
New Delhi has accused The Washington Post (WaPo) of making “unwarranted and unsubstantiated imputations on a serious matter”, responding to an article in the US publication naming an Indian intelligence officer behind a foiled plot to allegedly take out a pro-Khalistan terrorist in the US.

“There is an ongoing investigation of the High Level Committee set up by the Government of India to look into the security concerns shared by the US government on networks of organised criminals, terrorists and others”, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

"Speculative and irresponsible comments on it are not helpful”, the MEA spokesperson stressed.

What Did WaPo Allege?

The Washington Post article claims that a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer, Vikram Yadav, was behind an alleged plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, counsel for the banned terrorist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
Citing unnamed US government and intelligence sources, the article claimed that the plot was sanctioned by then-RAW chief Samant Goel.

Further, the US publication went on to insinuate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's national security advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval, was "probably aware" of RAW's plans to kill Sikh activists, although it also stated that "no smoking gun proof has emerged" to substantiate the claims.

"Though Yadav served as RAW’s point man, current and former officials said the operation involved higher-ranking officials with ties to Modi’s inner circle", the report claims.

New Delhi has on several occasions denied charges of having any links to the alleged plot to kill Pannun, who is known to be a US/Canadian dual citizen.
In an interview with British publication the Financial Times (FT) in December, Prime Minister Modi emphasised New Delhi's commitment to the "rule of law".
“If a citizen of ours has done anything good or bad, we are ready to look into it. Our commitment is to the rule of law", Modi stated at the time.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar has also rejected charges of a so-called plot, clarifying on multiple instances that India does not follow a policy of carrying out extrajudicial assassinations on foreign soil.
The matter was reportedly raised by US President Joe Biden with PM Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi last September.
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