The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial proceedings against the two Italian marines in the Kerala fishermen killing case.
A bench led by Justice B S Chauhan directed the special court in Delhi to simply adjourn the matter to March 31. The trial court had fixed the matter for a hearing on March 31 when it was expected to take up the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency.
The court further tagged this matter with another petition filed by the Italian government and the marines challenging invocation of anti-piracy charges against them.
Later, the government had withdrawn these charges and the marines then questioned the jurisdiction of the NIA to investigate the case. The Italian marines Massimilliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, face charges of killing two fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.