Marines issue: Nobody can question India's sovereignity, says Kerala CM

Welcoming Italy's decision to send back marines charged with the killing of two fishermen, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said the development clearly established the fact that no country can question the sovereignty of India.

hidden March 22, 2013 14:20:30 IST
Marines issue: Nobody can question India's sovereignity, says Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Welcoming Italy's decision to send back marines charged with the killing of two fishermen, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said the development clearly established the fact that no country can question the sovereignty of India.

Making a statement in the Assembly, Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF Government came under attack from the LDF Opposition over the earlier decision of Italy not to send back the marines, said the Supreme Court order restraining the Italian Ambassador from leaving the country was a rare action.

Marines issue Nobody can question Indias sovereignity says Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. PTI

"I am taking this opportunity to express gratitude to the Supreme Court, the Centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the firm stand they took on the issue," he said.

Referring to the notice for adjournment moved earlier this week in the Assembly by Opposition blaming the Centre and the state governments for letting the marines leave the country, Chandy said, "Opposition even dragged the name of AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi into the matter."

He recalled that on that day itself he, after talking to the Prime Minister, declared that the marines would be brought back to face trial.

"The Prime Minister had assured that diplomatic route would be used to bring the marines back," he said, adding "the Centre was also of the view that diplomatic immunity was not a mechanism to challenge the sovereignty and judiciary of a country."

The Supreme Court had on 22 February allowed the marines of Enrica Lexie ship Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girnone to go to Italy for four weeks to vote in election in their country based on the assurance of the Italian Ambassador that they would return to India in the stipulated time.

However, last week, Italy informed India that the marines, charged with the murder of two fishermen off Kollam coast in February 2012, would not return to India to face trial, triggering protests and outrage in the state.

Meanwhile, Dora, the wife of Jalasteen, one of the fishermen killed in the incident, said she was happy with Italy's decision. They should be tried in the court in our country, she added.

PTI

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