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India-Italy legal spat heats up again
Legal spat over Italian marines issue has now become a mere seed to create further agitation. The stubborn behavior of the Home Ministry and consecutive delays made in judgment by the Supreme Court have invited new controversies as well as the flag off of a bitter bilateral relation between India and Italy.

It was March, 2013, the Indian foreign minister spokesperson twitted that the intensive diplomatic contacts compelled Italy to return the marines to India as per Supreme Court’s set up timeline and his post got shower of congratulations. If seen minutely, it was more a consideration of self interest rather than Indian diplomacy's victory.

India took a few indefensible stand like, denying the immunity of the Italian Ambassador Daniel Mancini as SC had his affidavit on the assurance of marines’ return. Ignoring Vienna resolution was indeed a strong stand. But it was a greater threat of ending all economic ties with Italy by Salman Khurshid. The Augustawestland chopper scam already put a gloomy light on the international relations Italy now could hardly afford to lose any more credential.

But what’s next? The current situation is enough inflammatory to intrude the Italian Govt. to ask a recall of his Foreign Ambassador to India. Contradictions within the Govt. are several. Putting the case under anti-piracy law is naturally a big matter of concern but at this point of time the legislative forum seems to be dodging the case from one side to another. It is a pitiful portrayal of the Indian Legislature to the Global front. EU prescribes speed up in the process.

Already under pressure the Italian Govt. (for the out going PM, Enrico Letta) is at constant bargaining with the Indian Home Ministry to not to put the case under SUA (Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation) and wants both the marines back.

It is claimed from the Italian end, that the marines mistook the fishermen as terrorist and killed them. On this point the high authorities and some political parties (whose main aim is to create unstability in any condition) demand that both Salvatore Girone and Massimilian Latorre should be given death penalty.

Yet the marines were not only at missteps! The both sides’ judges, media, politicians and diplomats converted the small unhappy incident into a big confrontation which obviously embarrassed Italy on the world front. This is even more than embarrassment when a country is considered covering terrorist activities.

Fearing the international ties and image of the country Italy hardly has any other door open. But it might prove to be a crucial decision to be taken by India, which either will boost India’s global image in several fields or will end up to a damaged bilateral relation with Italy.

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