External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today received a congratulatory call from her Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini who raised the case of the Italian marines awaiting trial for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on the petition filed by two Italian marines challenging the jurisdiction of NIA to prosecute and probe the case of killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.
A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed March 31 for hearing arguments on NIA`s plea to take "appropriate steps" to secure the custody of two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.
Italy on Tuesday summoned Indian Ambassador in Rome hours after it recalled its ambassador from India in protest over a fresh delay in the legal proceedings against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
The long-standing issue of two Italian marines being tried by India is prompting tensions between the two countries and they should try to find a "reasonable" and "mutually acceptable" solution to it, the UN has said.
India on Tuesday asserted that law of the land will apply with regard to the two Italian marines, facing trial for alleged killing of two fishermen, notwithstanding the unhappiness among the Italian "friends" over the nature of charges invoked against them.
Ahead of the hearing of the marines` case in the Supreme Court, Italian Defence Minister Mario Mauro has landed here and condemned India`s failure to press charges against them even after two years of the incident.
Italy on Monday warned it would "react" to India`s "unacceptable" move to invoke a severe anti-piracy law against two of its marines facing trial there since 2012 over the killings of two Indian fishermen.
Two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast, may escape death penalty with the Home Ministry on Tuesday agreeing not to press for the capital punishment against them.
Italian Government on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court challenging invocation of anti-terrorism law against its two marines, saying it "would tantamount to the Republic of Italy being termed a terrorist state".
Asserting that "mistakes" were made by both sides, Italy said India should have realised from the beginning that Kerala judges did not have jurisdiction over the case involving the two Italian marines.