Shifting the focus to the legal proceedings against the Italian Ambassador can also be seen as a convenient way out for the Government. Rather than putting pressure on the Government to take the difficult political and diplomatic decisions to address the marines issue, the focus has been successfully shifted to what the Supreme Court would do. Of course, what cannot be ignored in this entire situation is the controversy surrounding the Government of India’s $750 million deal to buy helicopters from the subsidiary of Finmeccanica, Italy’s largest industrial group as far as high technology is concerned.
For an opposite view on the immunity of the Italian Ambassador, please read Arghya Sengupta’s article ‘Lawful responses to unlawful actions‘ that appeared in The Hindu on 16th March.
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