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Apr 02, 2013 at 11:45am IST

Italian marines case: SC withdraws restraining order on Italian envoy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew the restraining order on Italian Ambassador to India Daniele Mancini, which it had imposed following Italy's decision to not send back two of its marines arrested in connection with the murder of the two Kerala fishermen. Italy, however, reversed its earlier position and sent back the two marines within the deadline that the apex court had set before they left to vote in Italy's general elections.

The SC, however, expressed concern over Indian government's inability to set up a special court for the trial of the two marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone and asked it update on the matter on the next date of hearing, April 16.

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On Monday, the Home Ministry handed over the investigation of the Italian marines case to the National Investigative Agency (NIA). Sources said the NIA was asked to take over the probe after the Supreme Court ruled Kerala police had no jurisdiction in the matter.