New York. Federal prosecutors in the US on Wednesday charged an Indian national with involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Matthew G. Olsen said Nikhil Gupta, 52, has been charged with first degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Besides, there is a provision of maximum 10 years jail sentence for the charge of conspiring to commit murder by giving betel nut. US officials said that Gupta has admitted to paying US$100,000 to the killer for the murder of a Sikh separatist leader living in New York City. According to the allegations, “On or about June 9, 2023, Gupta had ordered the murder, as advance payment for which he had also arranged for an associate to deliver US$15,000 in cash to the killer in Manhattan, New York.”
The US citizen has not been named in the lawsuit but The Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, published a story last week in which he accused Gurpatwant Singh Pannu of the ‘Sikh for Justice’ organization banned by US authorities. It was said that the conspiracy was foiled. Along with this, a warning was also issued to the Government of India regarding suspected involvement in the murder conspiracy in the news.