February 22, 2012.
Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy,
President of the Janata Party.
It is surprising that Vatican has decided to intervene with the Indian Government to obtain the release of the two officers of the Italian Navy who were aboard the so-called Italian tanker and murder suspects in killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast. These two officers are presently in custody in the guest house of the CISF Commandant, dining on wine and Italian food from a nearby five star hotel. They are in custody because they wantonly, recklessly and unprovoked fired on unarmed fishermen on the spurious plea that they were frightened that the fishermen may be pirates, thereby causing loss of life and great agony, pain and distress to the deceased fishermen’s families.
However, where is the need for the Vatican to interfere in the internal affairs of Indian judiciary system? There is not even a fig leaf of a religious question because the fishermen who were killed were also Christians.
Hence I demand that the Government of India inform the Vatican to mind its own business. But if they still insist on interference, to snap diplomatic relations with the Vatican and close down their Embassy in Delhi.
( SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY )