Even as the government is undertaking a detailed study to review its bilateral ties with Italy,New Delhi has conveyed to Rome in no uncertain words that while it is aware of the provision of the Vienna Convention with regards to diplomatic immunity,it is bound by the directions of the Supreme Court on the matter.
Speaking on the matter on a day when the Supreme Court came down hard on Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini,who invoked the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity,the official spokesperson for the MEA said that a note verbale was received from Italy on March 15 and has been responded to.
Of course,we are conscious of the provisions of the Vienna Convention and our obligation under the Convention but we are also bound by the directions of the Supreme Court in the matter and we have made this clear to them, the spokesperson said.
The note verbale raises the protection of diplomatic agents and has specifically referred to articles 29 and 31 para 1.1 of the Vienna convention. Any restriction to the freedom of movement of the ambassador of Italy to India,including any limitation to his right of leaving the Indian territory,will be contrary to the international obligations of the receiving state to respect his person,freedom,dignity and function, the letter says,adding that no Indian authority shall impose or implement restrictive measures on the personal freedom of the ambassador.
On being asked if the government has taken any other steps other than withholding the posting of an Ambassador to Rome,the spokesperson said that after an internal study on bilateral ties with Italy is completed,it will provide us variety of suggestions and it is only then we will consider various matters based on what that study provides.
Answering a query on whether Mancini,who is also accredited as Ambassador to Nepal,would be stopped from entering the neighbouring nation,the spokesperson refused to comment.