New Delhi, March 15: Airports across India have been stay alert to prevent the exit of Italian Ambassador Italian Daniele Mancini from the country. The Union home ministry made the move after the Supreme Court of India asked Mancini not to leave India without its permission, official sources said.
The apex court's order came in the wake of the Italian government's refusal to send back two marines accused of killing two fishermen from Kerala in February last year. The two marines were permitted by the court to travel to Italy to cast their vote in the national election after the Italian envoy gave assurance that they would be sent back for trial.
Attorney General (AG) G E Vahanvati had brought the issue before the apex court on Thursday, saying it was a breach of trust and the government was very much concerned about the case. The court, after hearing the AG's submission, gave its order to Mancini and asked the two marines to file their response by March 18.
The Opposition has slammed the government over the issue and even accused it of taking things connected to Italy lightly for it is the motherland of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.