Italian Marines case: SC says case will be closed only when Italy compensates fishermen’s families

  • | Friday | 7th August, 2020

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass orders on Centre’s request to withdraw case against two Italian marines in India, saying the plea can’t be allowed without hearing the families of two victim fishermen. The SC, which was hearing a plea filed by the Centre to let it withdraw the case against Italian marines, said it will only allow Centre`s plea to close cases against two Italian Marines after it hears fishermen`s families. “Adequate compensation should be paid to families of those fishermen killed by Italian Marines,” the Supreme Court said.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass orders on Centre’s request to withdraw case against two Italian marines in India, saying the plea can’t be allowed without hearing the families of two victim fishermen. The SC, which was hearing a plea filed by the Centre to let it withdraw the case against Italian marines, said it will only allow Centre`s plea to close cases against two Italian Marines after it hears fishermen`s families. “Adequate compensation should be paid to families of those fishermen killed by Italian Marines,” the Supreme Court said.

"We want you to pay adequate compensation. You will have to bring the cheque here to this court to cose the matter," the SC bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde noted. The Centre’s submitted a plea in the Supreme Court to allow it to withdraw the case against Italian Marines following the decision of a UN tribunal, saying that Italy assured India that it will prosecute the two marines.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the bench that Italy has assured the Indian government that it would prosecute the Marines. “Italy has assured us it will prosecute Marines accused of killing Indian fishermen,” the Centre told SC. When the bench insisted that adequate compensation should be paid to the family members of the victims, Mehta said the Centre will ensure that maximum compensation is given to them.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde allowed the Centre to file fresh plea making the victims` family members parties to its application for seeking closure of Italian Marines case. On July 3, the Centre had moved the Supreme Court seeking closure of judicial proceedings here against the two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen, off the Kerala coast. The Centre said it has accepted the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague which held that India is entitled to get compensation in the case but can``t prosecute the marines due to official immunity enjoyed by them.



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