Deposit compensation for Indian fishermen killed by Italian marines: SC tells Centre

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to deposit in its account the compensation given by Italy for the kin of two Indian fishermen killed by Italian Marines off the Kerala coast in February 2012.
A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said the top court will disburse the compensation to the kin of the fishermen killed.
It said that after one week of deposit of compensation amount in its account, the top court will hear Centre’s plea for closure of the case against the Italian Marines.
The apex court listed the application for closure of criminal trial against Italian Marines on April 19.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde told SG Mehta, We wish the government showed such prompt other in other cases listed before us. SG said, It depends on which ministry is involved in a case!
The Centre had moved the Supreme Court seeking closure of judicial proceedings in India against two Italian marines’ accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast.
The Centre had said that it has accepted the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague which held that India is entitled to get compensation in the case but can’t prosecute the marines due to official immunity enjoyed by them.
In February 2012, India had accused two Italian marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, onboard the MV Enrica Lexie – an Italian flagged oil tanker – of killing two Indian fishermen who were on a fishing vessel.
In its application filed in the pending case, the Centre told the top court, “The applicant states and submits that the Republic of India has taken a decision to accept and abide by the award passed by the said tribunal which would have the bearing on the continuance of present proceedings before this court”.
(With inputs from agencies)
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