New Delhi, April 2 : In a significant order, the Supreme Court today vacated its order restraining the Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India.
The apex court asked the Centre to take a decision soon for setting up a special court to hear the case against Italian marines.
The apex court had restrained the Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India, after Italy announced that it would not send back the two marines, Massimiliano Latore and Salvatore Girone, arrested in connection with the killing of the fishermen in February last year.
It was Mancini, who in his personal capacity, had assured the apex court that the marines would return, but the Italian government suddenly decided not to send the two marines back to India.
After a huge diplomatic row, the Italian government took a dramatic u-turn and on March 22, the two marines returned to India in a military plane accompanied by their deputy foreign minister Steffan de Mistura.
This enabled the marines to meet the deadline set by the Supreme Court when it gave them permission to go for a month to vote in the elections there.
With the Supreme Court acting tough and restraining the Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving the country, Italy sought and got assurances to enable the marines' return.