Article 41 of the Vienna Convention states that diplomats have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of the receiving state and that all persons enjoying privileges and immunities should respect the laws and regulations of the state (“Diplomatic immunity in peril,” March 20). Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini presented an affidavit in person to the Supreme Court of India. His affidavit stands breached. The problem the Chief Justice of India is faced with is: how to deal with the unprecedented contempt of court and interference by a foreign diplomat with immunity?
I appreciate the rational clarification by Anup Surendranath and Shreya Rastogi of the legal position on diplomatic immunity. Even during World War II, diplomatic immunity was not flouted by the warring parties.
Col. Deepak Das (retd.),