Marines case: Rs 10 cr compensation given to SC
June 11, 2021  11:33
The Central govt tells the Supreme Court that it has deposited Rs 10 crores with the top court paid by Italy as compensation to the families of two Kerala fishermen who were shot dead by two Italian Marines in 2012, in lieu of closure of criminal cases against them in India.

The Supreme Court in April had directed the Centre to deposit in its account Rs 10 crore that Italy has agreed to pay as compensation over the February 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines off the Kerala coast.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says it's up to Kerala govt to decide on the apportionment of total compensation. Advocate appearing for Italy says criminal proceedings pending before a Delhi court must be dropped in terms of international arbitral award.

Supreme Court reserves its orders for June 15 on the application filed by the Central government to quash the criminal proceedings pending in India against two Italian Marines with respect to the 2012 sea-firing incident near Kerala coast which killed two Indian fishermen

In February 2012, India had accused two Italian marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, on board the MV Enrica Lexie -- an Italian flagged oil tanker -- of killing two Indian fishermen who were on a fishing vessel off Kerala coast in India's Exclusive Economic Zone.
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