New Delhi, April 9
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 mentioned the highest courtroom would disburse the compensation to the kin of the fishermen killed.
It mentioned that after one week of deposit of compensation quantity in its account, the highest courtroom would hear the Centre’s plea for closure of case in opposition to the Italian Marines.
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 had been on a fishing vessel in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
On August 7 final yr, the highest courtroom had made it clear to the Centre that it will not cross any order on the plea looking for closure of circumstances in opposition to the 2 Italian marines with out listening to the victims’ households who ought to be given enough compensation.
The Centre had advised the highest courtroom that Italy had assured the Indian authorities that it will prosecute the Marines there as per regulation and that most compensation can be ensured to the victims’ households. PTI