New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that order restraining Italian Ambassador from leaving India will continue till further orders.  

“We are concerned over Mancini's intentions, we want to know if he is going to comply with the order,” said SC while taking up the issue of Italy reneging on its undertaking to send back its marines charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast last year.

The Apex Court directed all the authorities to take appropriate steps on order restraining the Italian envoy from leaving the country. “We don't accept and we don't believe in the Ambassador's statement. He has lost trust,” SC said.

We had not expected the Italian Ambassador to renege like this, the court maintained.

Meanwhile, Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini told SC that he has complete immunity under the Vienna Convention.

The Supreme Court fixed April 2 for further hearing, saying that marines still have time to come back by March 22. “Strictly speaking they have not violated our order,” the court said.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati said Ministry of External Affairs is fully mindful of international obligations.

The apex court had on March 15 restrained the Italian Ambassador from leaving the country without its permission, taking exception to his government's refusal to send back the marines.

The court had issued notices to Mancini and also the two marines asking them to file their response by Monday.

The two marines, Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, were allowed by the apex court to go to Italy to cast their vote in the elections there after the Italian Ambassador had given an assurance to send them back.


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