Kollam/Thiruvananthapuram: A Kollam court on Wednesday rejected a plea by Italy to allow their forensic experts to be present during the examination of the weapons seized from the Italian cargo ship which was allegedly used in the killing of two Indian fishermen by its Naval guards. (Agencies)
The order by the Judicial First Class Magistrate Aneesh Kumar came even as Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy ruled out the possibility of any out of court settlement in the case which has led to a diplomatic face off between India and
Chandy made it clear that their case against the two Naval guards will proceed as per Indian law.
The Kollam court while rejecting the petition by the Italian government however allowed its representatives to be present during unsealing of the boxes containing the arms and test firing of the guns by ballistic experts.
The arms were seized from the merchant ship 'Enrica Lexie' by the Special Investigating Team probing the case, headed by Kochi City Police Commissioner M R Ajith Kumar on Saturday in the presence of Italian officials.
"There is no provision in Indian criminal law to have an out of court settlement on charges of murder," Chandy told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram after a cabinet meeting in reply to questions about reports that Italian authorities were trying to go in for out of court settlement.
Stating that the case against the two guards would proceed as per Indian law, he pointed out that the High Court hearing the case had also expressed satisfaction on the investigation.
He said there was no merit in the criticism from some quarters that the FIR filed in the case was very weak. Earlier in the day, the Kollam court disallowed an application filed on behalf of the two naval guards for allowing them during forensic examination, holding it could not entertain such a request.
While senior Supreme Court advocate Abhixit Singh appeared for the petitioners, the prosecution was represented by Additional Public Prosecutor Manjula Itty.
The sealed boxes with the firearms were produced before the Kollam court two days back, which ordered that they be taken to the Government Forensic Laboratory in Thiruvanthapuram for scientific examination.
The fishermen, Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki, were allegedly shot dead by the two Italian marine guards Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, who are now in police custody after being charged with murder.
Kollam/Thiruvananthapuram: A Kollam court on Wednesday rejected a plea by Italy to allow their forensic experts to be present during the examination of the weapons seized from the Italian cargo ship which was allegedly used in the killing of two Indian fishermen by its Naval guards.