41 diplomats of Canada have as of late left India in the midst of a harsh dispute over the homicide of a Sikh on Canadian soil. India-Canada bilateral relations have been stretched after Canada blamed India for being behind the June 18th killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Back in September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau connected Indian espionage to the homicide of Nijjar, 45, a Canadian resident whom New Delhi had named a “terrorist”. The Sikh was shot dead in June outside a Sikh sanctuary in British Columbia.

On Thursday, the Canadian government went with the choice to withdraw its diplomats after the Indian government said it would disavow their diplomatic immunity. Melanie Joly, Foreign Minister of Canada, stated on Wednesday.

Joly verified that numerous Canadian representatives and their family members in India have now left the country.

She put it that India had placed an order to revoke the immunity of all except 21 emissaries by 20th October. The 41 that departed were joined by 42 of their dependents.

Joly also commented that India’s intention to renounce their congressional immunity went against international law and has no point of reference in foreign policy history.

This was met with a dismissal by the India’s Ministry of External Affairs. They said that they had no part in the infringement of foreign policy laws. India has denied the charges, referring to them as “absurd”.

Ms Joly said that the residual 21 Canadian representatives are still in India, yet the withdrawal implies Canada will restrict its administrative services in the country because of a deficiency of staff.

In particular, Ms Joly further stated, the move will put a delay on face-to-face tasks in Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Authorities said there is no timetable on when those paused administrative functions will continue.

Consular operations will be accessible from the High Commission of Canada in Delhi, and visa applications sites – which outsource – will likewise stay open, authorities declared.

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