Italy marines case: Govt stand proves Modi cut deal with Italy, says Congress

Congress alleged that the Prime Minister was in contact with his Italian counterpart and was cutting a deal on the Italian marines case to falsely accuse Congress leadership on the AgustaWestland issue.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2016 12:53 pm
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The Congress Thursday attacked the NDA government after the Supreme Court relaxed bail conditions of one of the two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast, and allowed him to return to Italy since the International Arbitral Tribunal is in the process of deciding the jurisdictional issue between the two countries.

The Centre did not object to the plea for relaxation in bail conditions. The Additional Solicitor General told the court that the government supported the application on humanitarian grounds, subject to his compliance with the conditions imposed by the court.

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The Congress said the government’s stand has established Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an underhand deal with his Italian counterpart.

“The stance taken by the Modi government today is a great injustice to the family of the dead fishermen of Kerala. It reaffirms and establishes prima facie the allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cut an underhand deal to malign the Congress leadership in lieu of letting the marines go scot free,” Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said.

“Modi had no objection even when he met the Italian Prime Minister. That is the deal. We have said it publicly. This is their kind of foreign policy,” former Law Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Surjewala said “the fishermen community and the common citizens of India are outraged by this insensitive and unjust decision of the Modi government.”

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The Congress had in the past alleged that the BJP-led government “deliberately” put up a weak defence in the Italian marines case at the International Arbitral Tribunal as part of a quid pro quo. It had earlier alleged that the government had entered into a “conspiracy” to “falsely accuse” the Congress leadership in the AgustaWestland chopper deal “in return for a weak defence” in the marines case.

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    IML sood
    May 27, 2016 at 1:52 am
    Cong.people want to displaced liar the King Kujli by speaking one and the other false accusation like Aaptards.Even after losing all grace and honour when their existence is in danger such lies like Aap will bring their party end.soon.They just are trying their level best to earn some space with public but the mood seen in am,West Bengal,Kerala and Tamilnadu they are desperate that right or wrong someone may listen to them.
    1. P
      May 27, 2016 at 1:21 am
      If this is true, Modi is pragmatic leader and practical politician who can and act in the countrie's interest. It is the greatest compliment to a leader.
      1. A
        May 27, 2016 at 12:55 am
        So Modi has such influence that he dictated Italian courts to follow his orders, Italians do whatever he tells them to do. We never knew we have such strong PM........ Thanks Congress for information.
        1. K
          May 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm
          Congress spokespersons should know that people are tired of hearing their criticism of the Government day in and day out on issues, non issues, something needed something absolute nonsense but nevertheless as a daily routine like eating and sleeping!!! They should have known by now that such a tactic has lead them nowhere excepting to the bottom of the pit and is not likely to help the Party any more in future. They will do well to stress on policy matters in a way that impess the people. Krish
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            K Joshi
            May 27, 2016 at 1:16 am
            If this true then Modi is very powerful leder.
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