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Make stand on charges clear, SC tells Centre

Posting the matter for February 24, the Bench asked the AG to file a proper affidavit on the specific charges under which the marines will be tried in India.

New Delhi |
Updated: February 19, 2014 1:08:14 am

The Supreme Court Tuesday gave the government a week’s time to make its stand clear on the nature of penal charges to be slapped against the two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012.

A Bench led by Justice B S Chauhan asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to adduce in writing the Centre’s final opinion on whether or not the anti-piracy charges, among various other charges, are to be pressed against the marines.

Posting the matter for February 24, the Bench asked the AG to file a proper affidavit on the specific charges under which the marines will be tried in India.

Vahanvati, during the hearing, told the Bench that the government was awaiting Law Ministry’s final opinion which may come by Friday.

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