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SC defers ruling on Italian marines till Thursday

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Thursday its order on the Italian government’s plea against the invoking of a stringent act and the NIA probe into the killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast by its two marines February 2012.

A bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen, which was to pronounce its order Monday, said that it would do so on Thursday.

The Italian government has contended that if convicted, its two marines would face death sentence, a mandatory punishment if a person is convicted under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act, 2002.

On 22 March, after the return of the marines from Italy, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told Parliament that India had offered Italy an assurance that its marines would not get the death penalty if they returned by the deadline set by the Supreme Court.
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