New Delhi: Notwithstanding the refusal of an Italian court to provide CBI with an authenticated copy of the charge sheet on the helicopter scam, government on Thursday said the doors are "never closed" as it will explore various legal options to get the required information.

"No, no, doors are never closed as long as the last court of the land does not say no to you, doors are never closed. And if you go by some of our jurisprudence, even if the last decision is given, there are still opportunities for review," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament House.

He said the government will examine "every possibility that is legally available" to secure the information which allows it to make "defaulting persons accountable."

Khurshid was responding to a question on whether the 'doors were closed' for the country in securing the required information from Italy.

The Minister also said that "we will have to proceed according to their (Italian) courts' procedures and we will try and get whatever relief we could through proper procedure."

He said India respects the law of the land of any country and it expects them to respect the law of the land of this country.

"I think particularly with Italy we made it very clear to them when the marines...that our courts are autonomous and independent and you have to proceed to the systems of our courts which is what they did, I think to their satisfaction. I imagine we may have to do the same thing ourselves," he said.

On reports that Maldives has accepted Indian mediation on the issue of former President Nasheed, Khurshid said a team from New Delhi was in that country to hold discussions. "When we get some information, I should speak on the issue only after that. If an information reaches us through media, we do examine it but do not reach at any conclusion."

Asked if he and Defence Minister A K Antony were on different pages on scrapping the deal, Khurshid said, "Should it be scrapped without any probe? It should not be. Defence Minister has also not said so."

"Only a show cause notice has been issued. After the notice, when the reply comes, then only some action can be taken," he said.

The External Affairs Minister said without knowing the reply of the Italian firm on the issue, "how can we pass a judgement whether we have to do it (scrap the deal) or not". He said there were no "different voices" on the issue in the Government.

Asked about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's growing global acceptance, he said, "He does not have to contest elections there. He has to fight elections here."

"No one is bothered whether someone is acceptable externally or not. Whether the people will accept you or not will be known when we go for general elections," Khurshid said.


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