The Supreme Court has taken objection to the manner in which the Italian government had offered compensation to the families of the two fishermen for them to withdraw their opposition to the release of the Italian vessel Enrica Lexie.
First, the relatives of the two Kerala fishermen killed by Italian marines were bought off. Now the boat owner has also changed his story.
The submission of the once belligerent relatives of the two fishermen who were killed by alleged fire from the Italian ship Enrica Lexie, has yet again proven that poverty and faith are our terrible weak spots.
The Indian shipping minister said the opinion given by the Additional Solicitor General to the Supreme Court might be his personal opinion and asserted that the incident took place in Indian waters.
The petition said that the continued detention of the two Italian marines by Kerala Police was illegal.
The apex court was told that a 100,000 tonne ship has incurred a loss of Rs 200 crore ever since it was detained at the Kochi port and its losses were adding up every day.
The bench said they are not happy with the conditions and it would want to examine all records before releasing the vessel.
The Court has, however, directed the investigating team to find out who had the authority to keep arms and order firing in case of an emergency.
In hindsight, exposing them to our lock-ups would possibly have helped reform our system.
The HC has extended the detention of the ship till Tuesday.
A 14-hour search ends with the seizure of guns and documents. Ballistic examination will establish if any of the guns were used in the firing that killed the two Kerala fishermen.
We should not allow Cardinal Alencherry's revised statement, which replaces a more narrow-minded one, go unchallenged.
The high court said a guarantee of Rs 25 lakh needs to be paid before the ship can leave.
Italy and India continue to stick to their own interpretations of the incident that killed two fishermen off the coast of Kerala.
Agenzia Fides in Rome has reported that India’s newest Roman Catholic cardinal, George Alencherry, "has taken an interest in mediating and seeking a peaceful solution to the delicate situation".
The Indian government should not let foreigners ride roughshod over the rights of citizens. The Kerala fishermen murders are a test case.
The owner of the fishing boat that came under fire from the Italian ship Enrica Lexie, has described the events of 15 February that culminated in them losing two crew members.
Two petitions on the Kerala fisherman deaths will be heard in the Ernakulam high court , while Italian and Indian diplomats continue to wrangle about maritime laws and diplomatic immunity in Delhi.
Italy goes into diplomatic overdrive, even roping in the Vatican, to secure the release of its Navy guards who are accused of killing two Kerala fishermen.
India should stop being bullied by Italian diplomats over the trial of the two Italian guards who killed two fisherman off Kerala's coast. They should be brought to justice in India.