SC seeks response from Centre in Italian marines case

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s stand on whether it has any “serious objection” on the plea of one of the Italian marines, facing murder charges in India, to travel to his country for two months for treatment in the wake of brain stroke suffered by him.

The apex court also exempted for two weeks Massimiliano Latorre, who suffered brain stroke on August 31, from appearing before the Chanakyapuri Police Station once a week as a condition of his bail.

“It is a case of illness and physical condition. If you have any serious objection (on the plea) you have to tell us,” a bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said while asking the Centre to respond to the plea of Latorre and posted the matter for hearing on Friday.

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman, took note of Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha’s submission that he needs instructions to place the Centre’s stand on the plea.

Senior advocates Soli Sorabjee and KTS Tulsi appeared for the Italian marines Salvatore Girone and Lattore.

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