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India’s judicial authorities have ‘no jurisdiction’ in Nikhil Gupta case: Czech Justice Ministry

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. FILE/PTI

India’s judicial authorities have “no jurisdiction” within the case involving Nikhil Gupta, Czech justice ministry spokesperson Vladimir Repka has stated, days after his household approached the Supreme Court docket in search of its intervention within the matter.

Gupta, charged by the US authorities of involvement in a conspiracy to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil, has been in jail in Prague since he was detained within the Czech Republic round six months in the past.

The US has approached the Czech authorities for Gupta’s extradition and proceedings regarding it are underway.”Any judicial authorities of the Republic of India don’t have any jurisdiction within the matter in query, the case is below the jurisdiction of the competent authorities of the Czech Republic,” Repka stated.

A member of the family of Gupta, 52, approached the Supreme Court docket final week pleading for issuing instructions to the Indian authorities to intervene within the extradition proceedings and guarantee a good trial within the case.

The US federal prosecutors have charged Gupta of working with an Indian authorities worker within the foiled plot to kill US-based Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who holds twin citizenship of the US and Canada.

India has already constituted a probe committee to research allegations. Repka additionally responded to allegations made in a petition filed within the Supreme Court docket by Gupta’s household that he’s not having ample authorized illustration within the Czech Republic.

In keeping with the relevant laws of the Czech Republic, the defence counsel should all the time be representing an individual towards whom extradition proceedings are initiated, the spokesperson stated.

“If a person does not have a defence counsel in cases where must have one, a defence counsel would be immediately appointed by the competent court,” Repka informed PTI in an electronic mail responding to a question.”

In keeping with the accessible info, Nikhil Gupta is represented within the continuing on his extradition to a overseas state by a defence counsel of his personal alternative, Petr SlepiA ka,” he stated.

Repka stated the Czech ministry of justice doesn’t have any info, nor has acquired any complaints from Gupta or his defence counsel that he was not allowed to contact India’s consular workplace.

He additionally dismissed allegations that Gupta was not being offered applicable food plan within the jail.”Likewise, the ministry of justice of the Czech Republic doesn’t have any info, nor has acquired any complaints that Nikhil Gupta has been supplied with an inappropriate food plan,” Repka stated.

On Thursday, Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated India acquired consular entry on three events to Gupta and that crucial consular help is being prolonged to him.

“An Indian national is currently in the custody of the Czech authorities pending a request for extradition to the US. We have received consular access at least on three occasions,” Bagchi stated at his weekly media briefing.”We’re extending crucial consular help as per requirement,” he stated.



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