New Delhi, March 14: Daniele Mancini, the Italian Ambassdor to India, seems to have become a scapegoat in this country. Italy has been cornered by the Supreme Court of India which has hurled its brahmastra (Deadliest weapon created by Lord Brahma) on Thursday, March 14.
Addressing the controversial Italian Marines row, the apex court claimed that Mancini can not leave India. The court sent a notice to Mancini who now have to face the questions regarding the two marines' decisions of not returning to India to face murder trials for killing Kerala fishermen.
The Italian ambassador has been asked to respond to the notice by March 18. The next court hearing would be held on March 19. However, Mancini does not have to appear for the court hearing personally.
The latest move against Mancini has been taken following Janata Party Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking actions against the Italian ambassador.
The Janata Party chief welcomed the Supreme Court's decision, saying the Italian act had dishonoured the apex court and such a reaction was required to address the crucial issue.
Earlier Attorney General GE Vahanvati had asserted that the government can not take any penal action against Manchini. It was on his undertaking that the Supreme Court of India had permitted the two marines to go to their country to cast vote in the election.
The two marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone - have been at the centre of a year-long international row for allegedly shooting dead two Indian fishermen Ajesh Binki and Gelastine after mistaking them for pirates near the Kerala coast in Feb 2012.
Recently, the two accused had gone to Italy to cast their votes in the general election. The duo, who had vowed to return to India to face murder trial, shocked all with the announcement that they would not turn up to India.
The External Affair Minister of India, Salman Khurshid met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the controversial issue. The PM earlier on Wednesday warned Italy of "consequences" for bilateral ties if it did not send back two marines facing trial in the country in the killing of two Indian fishermen.