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'No move to stop Scarlett mom from coming'

Goa government clarifies that it has no intention of stopping Fiona Mackeown from coming back to India from the UK.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2008 09:18 PM IST

Goa government on Tuesday, clarified that it had no intention of stopping Fiona Mackeown, the British mother of rape and murder victim Scarlett Eden Keeling, from coming back to India from the UK.

"We have not written to the Home Department to stop her entry into India. Once the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) takes up the case, she may be required for the investigation," Chief Secretary JP Singh told reporters in Panaji.

His statement is in contrast to the stand taken by state Home Minister Ravi Naik. The Minister had earlier said they would object to issuance of visa to Fiona, who left here for her country early this month with the body of Scarlett, who police said, was drugged, raped and left to die on Anjuna beach in February.

Fiona has been critical of the way the state police have handled the rape and murder of her teenaged daughter.

Singh said the state government has already written to the CBI to take over the case which will be done by next week.

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