Italian marines case: NIA will defend stand

Written by Utkarsh Anand

Accused of delay in the probe and lacking the jurisdiction to investigate, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to stand for itself before the Supreme Court to defend its position in the fishermen killing case involving two Italian marines.

The NIA has moved for impleadment, requesting the court to hear its side of the story amid a spate of allegations against the pace of its investigation and objections to the agency’s mandate to probe after the Centre dropped anti-piracy charges.

The marines faced a mandatory death penalty under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation Act (SUA) for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012 until the Centre, eventually dropped the SUA charges in the case.

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