The supreme court on 7th December 2021 rejected the plea of Aircel founder C.sivasankar Who facing the money laundering charges for the diplomatic immunity. Dismissing his plea which challenging the criminal proceedings, a bench headed by justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that the Madras High court had already decided the questions of diplomatic immunity which was totally against him during 2019 and he had not challenged the same.
The bench, also comprised with justices Dinesh Maheswari and C.T.Ravikumar who took the note of the communication placed by CBI. The said the communication issued by the Ministry of External Affairs referred to another communication from the Seychelles government informing that Sivasankaran was ambassador at large of that country and had been issued as a diplomatic passport but his presence in India was not on any official duty.
The bench said it found no reason to doubt its correctness. Stating that the Madras High court ruling ‘stares at the face of the petitioner’ the bench said it agree to the High court view. The court also said that, since the prayer for the diplomatic immunity fails, further reliefs claimed in the writ petition to quash the criminal actions could not be taken forward.