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Pannun ‘plot’: Czech court nod to extradite Indian to US, min to decide

PRAGUE: A Czech appeals court has ruled that Prague can

extradite

to the United States an Indian man accused by the US of involvement in an unsuccessful plot to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil, the justice

ministry

said on Friday.
A final decision on the extradition of accused Nikhil Gupta, 52, will be in the hands of justice minister Pavel Blazek once the ruling is delivered to all parties in the case, a ministry spokesperson told the news agency.

Gupta has been accused by US federal prosecutors of working with an Indian government official on the plot to kill a New York City resident who advocated for a sovereign Sikh state in northern India.
Gupta was arrested by Czech authorities in June last year when he travelled from India to Prague. Czech news website www.seznamzpravy.cz, which first reported on the appeals decision, said Gupta had argued his identity was mistaken and that he was not the man the United States was looking for. He described the case as political, it said.

“The timeframe for the minister’s decision cannot be assumed at this point,” the justice ministry spokesperson said, adding that Gupta could be expected to take all steps possible to try to prevent his extradition.
The minister has three months to turn to Supreme Court in case he has doubts about the lower court’s decisions, the spokesperson said.
The Prague high court rejected Gupta’s appeal against a December decision by a lower court that ruled that extradition is allowed.

A spokesperson for the Prague high court declined immediate comment. Gupta was arrested by Czech authorities in June last year The Czech Republic has in the past agreed to United States extradition requests.
A lawyer for Gupta did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Czech news website quoted the lawyer as saying he would ask the minister not to extradite Gupta, and take the case to the Constitutional Court.

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