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SC allows 3-month extn to Italian marine

SC allows 3-month extn to Italian marine
"We grant the extension till July 15," said a three-judge bench of justices A R Dave, Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy, after taking on record the undertaking of Latorre that he would abide by the conditions imposed by the apex court.

The bench also asked senior advocates Soli Sorabjee and KTS Tulsi, appearing for the Italian Marine, not to delay the hearing of the petition by which the jurisdiction of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the case has been challenged.

"There should be some progress in the case," the bench said and queried about the status of trial and setting up of the special court for prosecuting the marines in the case.

On being told that the trial is stayed by the apex court on the plea of marines, the bench said, "Let the issue be decided, otherwise the sword will be hanging on their heads."

It also asked the Supreme Court registry to list the petition of marines, also including co-accused Salvatore Girone, to be listed for hearing in the last week of April.

Tulsi said the plea challenging NIA's right to probe the deaths was filed as the Centre, in an affidavit, has said that the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (also known as SUA Act) does not apply in the case.
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