Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has met federal foreign minister Salman Khurshid over the issue of the Italian marines, who were arrested in the fishermen shooting case in Kerala earlier this year.
Government sources said that Monti sought a meeting with Khurshid on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Vientiane, Laos on Nov. 6.
While maintaining that the government's hands were tied in the case as it was pending in courts, Khurshid assured Monti that the Indian judiciary is free and fair.
"On the issue of two Italian marines, foreign minister mentioned that a decision is awaited from the Indian courts. It is well known that Indian judiciary is fair, free and reasonable," a government official said quoting Khurshid.
While the marines accused of killing 2 Kerala fishermen have been granted bail, they are not allowed to leave the country.
The naval guards on board Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' were arrested on February 19, four days after they gunned down two Indian fishermen Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki at high sea off Kerala coast.
India: Muslims in kerala account for more than 24 percent of the 33 million population.