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No One Should Cross The ‘Red Line’: US Ambassador Garcetti On Pannun case

US Ambassador Garcetti emphasized the critical need to steer clear of a 'red line' in the collaborative probe of the thwarted assassination attempt targeting India-designated terrorist Pannun. He underscored the robust India-US ties and the vital importance of upholding national sovereignty and the rights to free speech.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Mar 31, 2024 20:35 IST
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US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti
US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti

US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, underscored the importance of maintaining boundaries in the ongoing investigation into the alleged assassination plot targeting India-designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

In an interview with ANI, Garcetti emphasized the need to avoid crossing any red lines, asserting that no country or government employee should be involved in attempting to assassinate a foreign citizen. He stressed that such actions would violate fundamental principles of sovereignty and rights.

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Addressing the threats issued by Pannun against India, Garcetti highlighted the United States’ commitment to protecting free speech, even when it may be controversial. He cautioned against the dangers of infringing upon individuals’ rights to express themselves, emphasizing the slippery slope that could result from arresting people solely for their speech. Garcetti shared personal experiences, illustrating the complexities of balancing free speech protections with the need to prevent violence or harm.

Garcetti reaffirmed the American philosophy of upholding freedom of speech while ensuring that individuals are held accountable within the bounds of the law. He emphasized that any accusations or actions that cross legal thresholds would be addressed through due process. The ambassador commended India for its proactive approach in establishing an inquiry commission to investigate the matter thoroughly.

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Reflecting on the close partnership between India and the United States, Garcetti emphasized the ongoing collaboration between the two countries in the investigation. He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation received from Indian authorities and underscored the seriousness with which both nations were treating the issue.

Garcetti also addressed the charges filed by the US Justice Department against an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, for his alleged involvement in the murder-for-hire plot targeting Pannun. While acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Garcetti reiterated the importance of adhering to legal processes and ensuring that justice is served.

First published on: Mar 31, 2024 08:33 PM IST

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