Italian marines not to return: who said what

The govt and opposition have hit out at the Italian govt for reneging on a commitment that two Italian marines facing murder charges. Who said what

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The Italian govt must respect the undertaking given to the Supreme Court and return the 2 accused to stand trial. If they don’t keep their word, there will be consequences. They've violated every rule of diplomatic discourse and called into question solemn commitments.

Harish Salve, Counsel for Italian marines

It’s a complete betrayal by the Italian government. The government should take stringent action. Once Italian govt gives an undertaking and it goes back; it is unheard of in legal history.

Arun Jaitley, Senior BJP Leader

We've heard of state sponsored terrorism, but this by a democratic country which ostensibly claims to be committed to the rule of law seems to be the first such case of a state sponsored deception and a state sponsored abduction.

Jaswant Singh, senior BJP leader

It needs to be understood is that no country has a right to kill Indian citizens particularly in Indian territory.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP leader

The House expressed grief over the marines escaping, every one expressed grief. The government says we are ready to discuss. The question now is about taking action.

Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister

The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) should explain to the nation what action it plans to take to ensure the return of the Italian marines to face trial in India.