India: new maritime crime agency

New agency in wake of Enrica Lexie case. 

Italian Marines case: Govt to appoint central agency to deal with crime in high sea and territorial waters

Rahul Tripathi

Learning from its failure into the Italian Marines case, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is said to have started the process to identify a central agency to deal with such cases in the future. The case pertains to the arrest of two marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone- in February 2012 off the Kerala coast, that led to a diplomatic tensions between India and Italy.

During the first round of discussion held recently, the names of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Coast Guards have been proposed as the agencies which shall be given investigations of cases reported in territorial and international waters. According to Home Ministry officials, the mandate to conduct investigations under Suppression of Unlawful Act (SUA) is presently with the NIA but in cases of Somalian pirates, the state police have been carrying out investigations.

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