The letter comes as relations between Washington and New Delhi are strained over multiple issues, including an Indo-Russian defence contract, Indian tariffs on electronics and other items, and India's push to purchase oil from Iran despite upcoming US sanctions.
On May 25, 1978, Justice Shah rejected an application filed by counsel for four Karnataka police officers seeking a short adjournment of the inquiry into the alleged illegal detention and torture of Lawrence Fernandes, brother of George Fernandes.
The GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera said that the United State increasingly recognizes India as a vital and strategic partner in maintaining peace across the world. Bera added that having an ally with a shared value of democracy is always a good thing.