India to act to bring back Italian Marines: PM
New Delhi, March 12 : India will do "whatever needs to be done" to bring back from Italy the two Italian Marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday.
Manmohan Singh gave the assurance to a delegation of UDF MPs from Kerala after the Italian government said it had no plans of sending back the pair who are facing trial in India.
Congress MP P.C. Chacko told the media that MPs from the United Democratic Front in Kerala met the prime minister to convey their concern over Italy's decision.
Chacko said the prime minister told them that he would speak to External Affaris Minister Salman Khurshid and "whatever needs to be done through diplomatic channels will be done".
The Supreme Court in February allowed Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to return to Italy to vote in the Feb 24-25 election. They had been earlier allowed to go home for Christmas too.
Italy says New Delhi does not have jurisdiction over the case.