Furnish Rs 25L bank guarantee: HC

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The high court asked the Italian vessel to a furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 25 lakh on a compensation claim made by Ms Ahinaya Xavier and Ms Aguna Xavier, sisters of Ajeesh Pink who was killed by the Italian marines. They had sought Rs 2 crore compensation.

Justice Harun-Ul-Rashid directed the Cochin port deputy conservator to detain the vessel till the guarantee was furnished before the court registrar-general.

It had given a similar directive on a petition by Ms Doramma, widow of Valentine alias Jelestine, the other victim in the shooting.

The prosecution pleaded for an extension of the custody for seven days, for further investigations.
When the marines were first produced, the court had sent them to police custody for three days till February 23.

Making the plea for an extension of the custody period, the prosecution stated that the probe team couldn't get into the ship, since it was still on the outer sea, and it would take time to bring it back to the port for the search of the weapons. As part of the investigations, the marines also would have to be taken to the ship.

The defense requested that Italian representatives be permitted to accompany the probe team into the ship. On a prosecution nod, the court allowed it.

Assistant public prosecutor Manjula Itty appeared for the prosecution. B Raman Pillai, Sunil Maheswaran Pillai and Abhixit Singh appeared for the defense.

Italian military attaché Franco Favre, Italian Naval Officer and Italian counsel general Gian Paolo Cutillo were also present.

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