Italian Marines Case: SC orders Italy envoy to stay put

In a major setback over international row on Italian marines, Supreme Court Thursday restricted to the Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini to leave the country without its permission or till further orders.

The diplomatic tussle of Italy with India intensified over Italian Marine Crisis after refusing sovereign assurance on the return of the Italian marines facing trial in India for killing fishermen in Kerala Coast.

The court has also issued a notice to the Italian government and the two marines Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone to file their reply latest by March 18, source said.

SC move came when Attorney General (AG) G E Vahanvati filed a plea, pointed out that Italian’s refusal is a breach of undertaking given to the highest court of the land.

Over the expelling of Mancini, reported that, one of the serious and may be implemented soon in response to Rome’s sudden unacceptable decision. For that a meeting held by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai with key MEA officials.

Amid differences and diplomatic row expected to be raised within the Italy government and for that much discussion has made by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with PM Manmohan Singh.

Now the urgent hearing is schedule to Monday in the court, however, SC set a deadline to Italy govt to send back two marines as soon as till March 22, were allowed to travel to Italy for four weeks under the control and custody of the Italian Ambassador to cast their ballot in the elections scheduled there for February 24-25.


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