Italian Ambassador to India Daniele Mancini on Tuesday denied charges of racial discrimination in payment of salary levelled by eight Indian employees of his embassy, who have dragged him to the Delhi High Court.
Reacting to an HT report in this regard published on March 25, Mancini stated that in the past better conditions were granted to locally hired embassy staff, with whom it was possible to sign contract based on Italian law and salary level.
"Then, since the beginning of the year 2000, all Italian Embassies in the world have only been allowed to hire local staff, regardless their nationality, based on the local law and current local salaries. This is what happened in India too," the Ambassador stated.
In their civil suit filed on Saturday through advocates Gopal Sankarnarayanan and Aman Garg, the locally recruited employees of Indian nationality had accused the Italian Embassy of violating the relevant Italian laws and discriminating against them on the basis of their nationality.
While Indian employees recruited on a contract basis were getting about 6,000 euros annually, their Italian counterparts doing the same job were receiving about 60,000 euros, they alleged in the plaint.
"This is in contravention of the laws of India, Italy and the European Union," the Indian employees of Italian Embassy contended.
However, Mancini denied the allegation, saying among the employees that filed the lawsuit, there was also an Italian citizen.
Moreover, four of Italian nationals in the same category signed a contract based on the Indian law and current Indian salary and they were not part of the lawsuit, as other Indian employees in a similar position, he added.