India will not ask Nasheed to leave HC
New Delhi, Feb 19 : India, which is in a quandary over the political situation in Maldives, will not ask former president Mohamed Nasheed to leave the Indian diplomatic building after he sought refuge inside the Indian High Commission in Male to avoid arrest by the present regime which overthrew him, said reports on Tuesday.
A fresh court warrant has been issued by a Maldivian Court against Nasheed on the sixth day of his stay at the Indian High Commission here. The court has provided the police a time till Feb 20 4 PM. for bringing Nasheed before it, said reports.
It has reportedly asked the police to approach the Indian Foreign Ministry to seek its aid in contacting the Indian High Commission, where Nasheed has taken refuge since February 13.
However, India is unlikely to take the call and ask Nasheed to leave as it feels the decision should be rested with the former Maldivian president to make.
The Maldivian Foreign Ministry has delivered Nasheed's court order to the Indian High Commission.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has this afternoon (Monday) informed the Indian High Commission of the Court order issued by the Hulhumale' Magistrates Court, instructing Maldives Police Service to produce Nasheed to the Court under custody," an official Maldivian statement was quoted as saying.
Earlier, India's external affairs minister Salman Khurshid had to speak to his counterpart in Maldives on Feb 14 to explain the country's position on the situation.
"I had a long conversation with the foreign minister of Maldives. I hope that we can come to a resolution on the present situation," Khurshid had told reporters later.
Nasheed's lawyer Hassan Latif had earlier said India can intervene and resolve the situation.
"We are seeking Indian mediation," Latif had said, adding that India has the sophistication to deal with the situation.
Nasheed made the move of taking refuge inside Indian high commission building after a Maldivian court issued an arrest warrant against him following his failure to attend a court hearing on Feb 10 in connection to the detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdullah Mohamed last year.
The police will not be able to arrest him till he is inside the Indian High Commission.
Nasheed on Feb 7 last year resigned after public protests disrupted the island nation for weeks over his order to arrest chief judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed.