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Italian Marines Case: Family members of dead Indian fishermen to get Rs 4 crore compensation

New Delhi: The central government has deposited Rs 10 crore paid by the Italian government in the apex court as compensation to the families of two fishermen from Kerala. Fishermen were killed by two Italian marines off the Kerala coast in February 2012. The Supreme Court is hearing the central government’s application to close the case against two Italian marines – Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latore.

In fact, the central government had appealed to the top court to close the ongoing case against two Italian soldiers, but the victim’s lawyer said that the court should not close the case until the full amount of compensation is received. The Supreme Court had on April 9 directed the central government to deposit Rs 10 crore for the families of two Indian fishermen on behalf of Italy in its account, which would itself pay compensation to their families.

The central government had told a three-member bench of the apex court Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramaniam that as soon as the compensation amount is received, the government will deposit it in the court as per the directions of April 9. SG Tushar Mohta told the court on Friday that the International Tribunal has fixed a compensation of Rs 10 crore, which has been accepted by the Central Government with the concurrence of the Kerala government. This amount has been deposited in the registry.

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