The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to close all proceedings in India against the Italian marines who killed two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012, saying it will pass the formal order on Tuesday next week.
The Supreme Court said it would pass orders on June 15 against two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen and the disbursal of Rs 10 crore compensation to the heirs of the victims so that disbursement could be properly monitored and not frittered away
We accept what you are proposing. We will pass our order on Tuesday,” said the bench of justices Indira Banerjee and MR Shah, after being informed that the compensation of Rs10 crore for the victims has been deposited in the registry of the top court.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central government, accepted the court’s suggestion, so did the counsel for the Kerala government and the Republic of Italy.
"There was an award by International Tribunal, which we as a Nation have accepted. The agreement is among the Republic of Italy, India, and the Kerala government," the law officer said, adding, "Now, the question of apportionment of the compensation amount remains and it can be left to the Kerala Government." The dispute before the international tribunal was as to which country, Italy or India, has the jurisdiction to prosecute the marines and it was decided that both the nations have "concurrent jurisdiction", Mehta said.