Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is likely to provide bank details to the Supreme Court today, in which the Republic of Italy has to deposit Rs 10 crore, to be given as compensation to the deceased fishermen killed by two Italian marines off the coast of Kerala in 2012.
Earlier on April 9, a Bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian had refused to pass any order on the Centre’s plea seeking closure of the case. The court had said that the case will be closed, only after hearing the victim’s families and once the adequate compensation is paid to them.
The SC had directed the SG to provide the bank account details of the Indian government within 3 days in which the Italian govt will transfer the money.
The case pertains to February 15, 2012, when two Indian fishermen returning from a fishing expedition near Lakshadweep islands onboard fishing vessel St Antony were gunned down by two Italian marines on board oil tanker Enrica Lexie. The incident occurred around 20 nautical miles off the coast of Kerala. Shortly after the incident, the Indian Coast Guard intercepted Enrica Lexie and detained the two Italian marines— Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre.