Marines row: No country should take India for granted, says Sonia
Posted on: 11:07 AM IST Mar 19, 2013
New Delhi: Breaking her silence for the first time on the Italian marines case, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that no country should take India for granted. Sonia further said that the diplomatic immunity issue of Italian Ambassador Daniel Mancini must be taken up immediately.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday while hearing the case of Italian marines, restrained Mancini from leaving the country till further orders, and said that a person who comes to the court and gives an undertaking has no immunity.
The Supreme Court had also said that that it had lost all trust in the Italian ambassador while adjourning the matter till April 2. No further affidavits will be accepted from the Italian ambassador on whether he wants to leave the country, the court ruled. The court also ruled that it was not concerned about what happens between two government, and its interest was only related to what happens before the court.
However, technically Mancini is not under detention and he is free to go anywhere in India, but if he wants to leave the country he will have to take the Supreme Court's permission.
Mancini, who enjoys diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention, is likely to claim before the Supreme Court that he cannot be held accountable for the two marines not coming back. Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961, Mancini cannot be pulled up by an Indian court, neither can he be detained or not allowed to leave the country.
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