Apex Court to close proceedings against Italian Marines

New Delhi: 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.

"We accept what you are proposing. We will pass our order on Tuesday", said the bench of justices Indira Banerjee and M.R Shah, after being informed that the compensation of Rs 10 crore for the victims has been deposited in the registry of the top court.

The bench also said that it was of the view that the compensation money should be transferred to the Kerala high court so that disbursement could be properly monitored and not frittered away.

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.

In April, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that the families of two Indian fishermen killed by Italian marines have been 'adequately' compensated as it sought expeditious closure of proceedings before the top court and a criminal trial pending before a special court in Delhi.



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