Marine issue: SC may pose tough questions to Italian envoy Daniele Mancini

Daniele Mancini

The court had said the marines are only allowed to travel to Italy and remain there and will have to return to India.

The Italian government, which had given an undertaking before the apex court that the marines will be sent back, had on March 11 sent a 'Note Verbale' to the Indian government informing it that the two will not be sent back.

Earlier, on January 18, the apex court had turned down the Italian government's plea that the Indian courts had no jurisdiction in the case and had held that the two marines should be tried by the Centre by constituting a special court to conduct their trial.

The Supreme Court had directed that the two marines be shifted to Delhi and would remain under it's 'custody' till the special court is set up.

The court had said the Kerala government did not have the jurisdiction to prosecute the marines and it is to be done by the Centre in the special court to be set up after consulting the CJI.

The court had also said all the conditions imposed on them by the Kerala court, while granting them bail will remain till the special court is set up and the marines will mark their presence at least once a week before the Chanakyapuri Police Station.

The government, which has come under flak from the BJP and Left parties for the way it has handled the issue, also has the option of expelling Mancini.

A strong section within the Congress feels that contempt action against the Italian envoy would be more effective in blunting the Opposition attack.

Taking a tough stand in Parliament, the Prime Minister had warned Italy of "consequences"for bilateral ties if it did not send back the two marines.

Singh accused Italy of "violating every rule of diplomatic discourse" and had termed as "unacceptable" its decision not to send back the marines.

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