NEW DELHI: One of the two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala, on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of his stay in Italy on health grounds.
Massimiliano Latorre filed the plea through his counsel K T S Tulsi and sought urgent hearing stating that his heart surgery, which was scheduled for January 8, had to be advanced due to medical urgency.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India(CJI) H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri, which had earlier refused to grant the extension to Latorre, agreed to hear his plea on January 12.
Earlier, the court had refused Latorre’s plea seeking extension of his stay in Italy on health grounds.
It had also rejected the plea of co-accused Marine Salvatore Girone, who had sought the apex court’s nod to go to Italy to celebrate Christmas.
“Please ask him (Latorre) to come back. He has to come back. We cannot say that he should undergo surgery here. By now he should have got the surgery done. One more medical certificate, one more heart surgery. Victim also has a right. You cannot get the leeway. It can’t happen like that,” the court had said. Latorre was allowed by the court to go to Italy on September 12 last year.