Even though a special court was set up in March to try the case, there is no substantial progress in the probe being conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the killing of two fishermen off Kerala on February 15, 2012 involving two Italian marines.

One NIA source told The Hindu : “We’ve received records pertaining to the case and the investigation is in progress. A fresh charge sheet will be filed in the special court.”

Last week, Italian Ambassador to India Daniele Mancini met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to ascertain the progress.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, a charge sheet has to be filed within 90 days of the registration of a First Information Report, in normal circumstances. But in a case being monitored by the Supreme Court, when there is a specific direction for speedy trial, there is no reason why there should be any inordinate delay in filing a fresh charge sheet when all the material is available before the NIA.

On January 18, the Supreme Court, while quashing charges, held that the State of Kerala had no jurisdiction to investigate the incident; only the Union of India had the jurisdiction. The Supreme Court asked the Centre to set up a Special Court to try the marines, Massimilano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. The case pending in the Kollam sessions court was directed to be transferred to the special court.