The Supreme Court has closed an ongoing criminal case in India against two Italian sailors accused of killing two Kerala fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012. He was accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012. The Supreme Court had asked to deposit a compensation amount of Rs 10 crore in this case. Italy has deposited Rs 10 crore in this case in the Supreme Court.
After the compensation was deposited, the Supreme Court quashed the Fishermen shooting case. Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice MR. Shah’s vacation bench has quashed the FIR and proceedings against two Italian marines in this case.
The bench said that in accordance with the international arbitration agreement (International Arbital Award) accepted by India, further investigation into the murder of two fishermen from Kerala will be conducted in the Republic of Italy.
The court said that a compensation of Rs 10 crore has been given by the Republic of Italy, which is fair and sufficient. The top court said that out of this amount, Rs 4 crore each should be deposited in the name of the heirs of both the fishermen from Kerala and the remaining Rs 2 crore should be given to the boat owner.
In July last year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration under UN law ruled that India was entitled to claim compensation from Italy for the deaths of Indian fishermen.
However, the International Tribunal had also said that India had no jurisdiction to initiate criminal prosecution, as the Marines had diplomatic immunity.
Let us tell you that in February 2012, India alleged that two marines aboard the Italian-flagged oil tanker MV Enrica Laxi killed two Indian fishermen fishing in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
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