The apex court has sought an explanation from the ambassador Mancini on Italian government's decision of going back on its assurance to send back the marines to face trial in India. However, the court gave relaxation to him from appearing in the court.
The Italian ambassador has to respond to the notice by March 18. The next date of hearing in the case against the Italian ambassador is March 19.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party BJP has demanded that the two marines should be declared absconders. BJP president Rajnath Singh added with the help of Interpol both the marines should be brought back. The opposition party's chief also sought tough action against the Italian ambassador.
On this issue, both the ruling as well as the opposition parties seems to be moving on the same track. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said in the parliament yesterday that if the marines were not sent back, there could serious consequences on the relationship of the two friendly countries.
Congress leader and chief minister of Kerala Oomen Chandy had also made it clear that it was central government's responsibility to bring back the marines so that they could be tried in Indian courts.
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