PM Manmohan says, return of marines upholds dignity of judicial process
| Friday, Mar 22 2013 2:09PM IST
New Delhi: PM Manmohan Singh, welcoming Italy's decision to send back its marines said on Friday that their return would be in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court and consistent with the dignity of the judicial process in India.
Manmohan Singh told the sources, "We are happy with the outcome. I welcome the return of Italian marines.”
"The Italian marines are coming back in accordance with the direction of Supreme Court and it is consistent with the dignity of judicial process in India," he said.
On March 11, Italy informed India that the marines - who had been allowed to go home by the Supreme Court Feb 22 following an undertaking by the Italian envoy - would not be sent back, leading to a diplomatic stand off. The ambassador was restrained by the apex court from leaving India for reneging on his word.