The government of Italy on Tuesday challenged the trial of its two marines for allegedly killing two fishermen from Kerala off the Indian coast,saying the trial by the Kerala High Court was wrong and bad in law.
Advocate Harish Salve,who appeared for Italy, said Kerala could not assume the jurisdiction to try the two marines since the alleged incident occurred in the contiguous zone and hence,the jurisdiction,if any,could only be of the Indian government and not any of its states. The trial is wrong. How does Kerala assume jurisdiction? It is a contiguous zone so it has to be the Republic of India and not any state. In the contiguous zone,waters belong to the Union of India and not any state,including Kerala, Salve told the court.
The counsel told the Supreme Court Bench that the case would involve examination of relevant provisions of laws relating to the maritime zone.