New Delhi: The Union government on Friday (June 11) told the Supreme Court that it had deposited Rs 10 crores with the top court which was paid as compensation by Italy for the families of the two fishermen who had shot dead by two Italian marines aboard the Enrica Lexie ship Kerala in 2012.
The submissions were made during the hearing of the case in which the Centre is seeking to close all the criminal charges against the two Italian marines.
Mehta added that Italy will prosecute the two Italian marines under the International arbitral award.
A bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and M R Shah has reserved the order for June 15.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Union government that India had accepted the amount from Italy and it is now up to the state government of Kerala to decide the final amount.
“We have deposited the amount. There was an award by International Tribunal, which as a Nation we have accepted. The agreement is between Italy, the Government of India and Kerala,” Mehta said as quoted by ANI.
The Kerala government has said other fishermen who were on the ship with those who were killed should also be compensated by Italy.
“We don’t have an objection that can be looked into by Kerala on how the money has to be apportioned,” Mehta said.
In February 2012, India had accused the two marines on board the MV Enrica Lexie — an Italian flagged oil tanker — of killing two Indian fishermen who were on a fishing vessel in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
With inputs from ANI