External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on Sunday assured the family of Vikram Buddhi, who has been in a U.S. federal jail since 2006 for allegedly posting anti-Bush remarks on a website, that the Indian mission there would look into his case.

“I can assure his family that I will see to it that the Indian mission takes due interest in this case. The whole idea is that India is particular that a fair trial be given to Mr. Vikram Buddhi,” the Minister told CNN-IBN.

Mr. Buddhi, a Ph. D. student at the Purdue University, was arrested in April 2006.

Mr. Krishna hoped that Mr. Buddhi would come out innocent of the charges levelled against him.

His father, a former Navy captain, and several IIT alumni have been fighting a legal battle to secure his release.

The indictment alleged that Mr. Buddhi made threats against the then U.S. President George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and their wives, and called for bombing infrastructure.

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