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NIA opposes Italian Marines’ plea of exemption from appearance

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the court that the special court derives its jurisdiction from the order passed by the Supreme Court and the issue that charge sheet has not been filed cannot be a ground to seek exemption from personal appearance.

‘This court derives jurisdiction from the Supreme Court’s order... exemption on the ground of not filing of chargesheet is not a ground. We are opposing it,’ Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Siddharth Luthra, who appeared for NIA, said.

Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who are accused in the case, were scheduled to appear on Wednesday before the court, which was to hear the arguments on NIA’s plea requesting it to take ‘appropriate steps’ to secure their custody.
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