The complainant in the murder case against the two Italian marines has asked the Supreme Court not to allow accused Massimiliano Latorre, to leave the country without verifying his medical condition.
Latorre has sought permission to return to Italy on medical grounds claiming to have recently suffered from a brainverify stroke. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India RM Lodha will on September 12 decide on the application after hearing the Centre’s response.
Freddy, who owned the fishing boat ‘St Antony’ in which the Indian fishermen were allegedly shot, wants the court to set-up a board of AIIMS doctors for the examination. He submitted that a medical examination was necessary recalling how the marines attempted to defy the court order allowing them to go to Italy in February 2013. Latorre has also been exempted for two weeks from appearing before the Chanakyapuri police station once a week as a condition of his bail.
Nodal officer to deal with piracy
The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate efforts to bring back Indians held hostages by Somalian pirates.
A bench headed by justice TS Thakur acknowledged that pirates were a serious menace but refused to issue anti-piracy guidelines. The bench said, “While safety and protection of lives and liberty of Indian citizens is the concern of this court, the issue has to be dealt with at the level of the executive.”
The order came on two PILs — filed by advocate Gaurav Bansal and wife of one of the captured seamen — asking the Centre to expedite release of Indian seamen held hostage by Somalian pirates and to frame anti-piracy guidelines.
Ban construction in and around wetlands
The SC on Wednesday asked the Centre and all states to submit their response to a PIL seeking preservation of wetlands and ban construction in and around it.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Lodha directed the governments for their submissions on making rainwater harvesting mandatory for all new constructions. Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that one-third of India’s wetlands has already been wiped out, 38% of which was depleted in the last 10 years.