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Marines: Centre asks Delhi HC for special court

The Centre Saturday asked the Delhi High Court to set up a special court to try the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast last year.

Written by Express News Service & PTI | Thiruvananthapuram |
March 24, 2013 1:21:50 am

The Centre Saturday asked the Delhi High Court to set up a special court to try the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast last year.

The Law Ministry on Saturday forwarded a Home Ministry proposal to the Chief Justice of the Delhi HC requesting for the setting up of a special court to try the case. “Since the special court will hear this particular case only,it will automatically work on a fast track basis,” said a top Law Ministry official. The government is also likely to inform the Supreme Court of its latest move.

Earlier in the day,Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the Kollam district sessions court should be designated as the special court for the trial of the case. In a letter to the PM,Chandy said that the Kollam sessions court was originally scheduled for the trial and if the special court is constituted in Delhi,as directed by the Supreme Court,witnesses in the case will have to frequently travel to Delhi. Besides,documents in the chargesheet which are in Malayalam have to be translated into other languages. That would delay the trial,said the Chief Minister.

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