New Delhi, Apr 21 (IBNS) The Ministry of Shipping said there is no differences between the central and state governments on detention of Italian ship Enrica Lexie, whose two crew allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen in February.
"The matter regarding detention of Italian ship Enrica Lexie had come up before the Supreme Court Friday. In regard to the report in a section of the media that the Central Government expressed the view in the Supreme Court that the Kerala State police had no jurisdiction to detain the Italian Ship, it is clarified that the Central Government has not filed any Affidavit in the matter, nor any such instructions were given to the Government counsel," said the ministry in a statement.
"There is no difference of opinion between the Centre and the State Government," read the statement.
Troubles sparked between the Centre and the Kerala government over the entire episode as the central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the Kerala Police have no 'authority' to detain the ship or even investigate into the matter as the incident occurred on 'high seas'.
Reacting to the Centre's stand, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said: "I do not agree with the view."
He said the state took the steps after consulting the Centre.
The incident has already triggered a diplomatic tug-of–war between Italy and India.
On Feb 15, security officials of the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen mistaking them as pirates in the high seas off Ambalapuzha in Kerala.