Nijjar killing: 'Give substantial evidence on India’s role,' envoy tells Canada
Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma cast doubt on the credibility of the probe by Canada, saying that Trudeau's public declarations had compromised the integrity of the probe
Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, has challenged Canada and its allies to provide substantial evidence regarding the killing of pro-Khalistan militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Verma insisted that neither Canada nor its allies have presented concrete proof related to Nijjar's death. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earlier mentioned "credible allegations" of a potential link between Indian agents and Nijjar's killing in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18.
Following these allegations, diplomatic tensions arose, leading to the expulsion of diplomats from both countries and suspension of India's visa services to Canada, which were later partially reinstated.
Speaking to The Globe and Mail, Verma expressed skepticism about the integrity of the investigation, suggesting that Trudeau's public statements had damaged the probe.
He questioned the lack of evidence and raised concerns about the investigation being influenced at a high level to implicate India or Indian agents without solid proof.
Verma also pointed out that diplomatic conversations are protected by international law and cannot be used as evidence in court or disclosed publicly.
While advocating for professional resolution of disputes through communication and dialogue, Verma urged Canada to prevent its soil from being used by Khalistan supporters aiming to challenge India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He stressed on the need for rules and laws to regulate such activities. Verma also pointed out India's 26 extradition requests to Ottawa over the past few years, expressing disappointment at the lack of action.
Amidst these developments, Verma voiced concerns about his safety and the security of his consulate staff, especially in the face of threats.
He insisted on the importance of ensuring the safety of diplomatic personnel in view of the of the potential threats they face.