NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed, for the first time, the allegations of Indian involvement in a murder for hire plot in the US. Speaking to the Financial Times, Modi stated his government is committed to the “rule of law” and emphasized any evidence provided would be thoroughly investigated.

Modi said, “If someone gives us any information, we would definitely look into it. If a citizen of ours has done anything good or bad, we are ready to look into it.” The comments come in response to a recent US indictment accusing an Indian official of directing the attempted murder of Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil.

The alleged murder plot targeted Pannun, the leader of separatist group Sikhs for Justice. Despite India designating Pannun as a terrorist in 2020, the allegations have raised diplomatic concerns between the US and India. Modi, however, downplayed the impact on bilateral relations, stating, “There is strong bipartisan support for the strengthening of this relationship.”

Expressing deep concern over the rise of extremist groups in Western countries, Modi highlighted their misuse of freedom of expression, leading to intimidation and incitement of violence. He also stressed the need for collaboration despite differences, stating, “Absolute agreement on all matters cannot be a prerequisite for collaboration” in the era of multilateralism.

The controversy surrounding the alleged plot has not significantly impacted Modi’s standing at home, where he faces a national election in 2024. Despite growing ties with the US, Modi maintains a strategic foreign policy, fostering relationships with leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and adopting a tougher stance against China.

The recent allegations have prompted India to set up a high-level committee to investigate the matter, demonstrating the government’s commitment to transparency and adherence to the rule of law. Modi’s assurance that India will address any information provided underscores the nation’s dedication to resolving the issue through diplomatic channels.