Canada believes there is “credible evidence” that leads to the conclusion that India may be responsible for the killing of a Sikh leader last June, Canada’s prime minister told Parliament today.

Justin Trudeau, after calling parliament to an emergency meeting, said in his speech that there was “credible evidence” that there was some connection between agents of the Indian government in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijar, who was a Canadian citizen.

Nijar was shot and killed outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18.

Trudeau said he raised his concerns about the matter “in person and directly” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they met last week at the G20 summit in New Delhi.

Shortly after the statements made by the Canadian Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that an Indian diplomat, the head of the intelligence service of the Indian embassy, ​​was being expelled from the country.

“The involvement of any foreign government in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our national sovereignty,” Trudeau said, “urgently” asking the Indian government to cooperate in solving the case.

Relations between the two countries have been strained in recent months, following Nijjar’s killing and the ensuing protests in Canada. Among other things, Ottawa suspended negotiations on a free trade agreement with China.

New Delhi accuses the Canadian government of “turning a blind eye” to the action of radical Sikh nationalists who are promoting the creation of an independent state in northern India.