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Italian marines to remain under Supreme Court 'custody'

Friday, 18 January 2013 - 6:31pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

While the marines have been asked to report to the Chanakyapuri police station until a special court is set up for their trial, their passports will be handed over to the ministry of home affairs.

The two Italian marines facing charges of killing two Indian fishermen, will be shifted to Delhi from Kerala and be under the 'custody' of the Supreme Court till the Centre constitutes a special court to hold their trial.

Clarifying its order hours after it passed the verdict on the plea of Italy government rejecting their claim that Indian courts have no jurisdiction in the case, the Supreme Court said the marines will remain in Delhi and they will report to Chanakyapuri police station till the special court is set up. the apex court also said their passports, which are under the custody of Kerala Court, will be handed over to the ministry of home affairs.

A bench headed by chief justice Altamas Kabir said the Italian embassy will arrange for their stay and it will monitor their movements. It said that all the conditions imposed on them by the Kerala court, while granting them bail will remain till special court is set up.

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