An article on Firstpost claims, "Perhaps because the UPA government did not want to be seen to be striking deals with the Italian government - which is something of a soft spot given UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi's Italian origins - the Indian foreign policy establishment pushed back at that time."
"The UPA government was also under pressure from the Congress-led government in Kerala, where emotions over the killing of the two fisherman ran high," mentioned the article.
The Italian foreign ministry communicated the message to India on Monday, March 11. India had earlier granted permission to the marines to visit Italy (their home) to cast their votes the general election in the country which was held in Feb 2013.
Citing the response of the Italian government, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, "I am reaching Delhi (Tuesday) night and I will take this issue up with the external affairs ministry. We are also looking to take up this issue legally."
Meanwhile, External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid said, "Reading the letter, no point in commenting without reading what they have to say."
The Italian Marines case once again reminded India how Ottavio Quattrocchi was allowed to leave India escaping imminent arrest in connection with the Bofors deal scam. Quattrocchi, an Italian middleman, was known to be a close associates of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi.