Italy has initiated cash switch for kin of Indian fishermen killed by its marines, Centre tells SC


New Delhi, April 19

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that Italy had initiated the transfer of Rs 10-crore compensation to be given to the kin of two Indian fishermen killed by Italian Marines off the Kerala coast in February 2012.

The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde that as soon as the money is received, the government would deposit it with the apex court as per the April 9 direction.

“We are awaiting the receipt of money,” advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the Centre, told the bench.

The bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, was hearing the Centre’s application for closure of case against the two Italian marines – Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre.

At the outset, the bench asked whether the amount had been deposited.

Nair told the bench that Italy had initiated the transfer of money.

“We will keep it next week,” the bench said, adding that the Centre’s counsel had earlier insisted on an early hearing and on the last date said that money would be deposited within three days.

“We know how fast you work,” the bench observed.

Nair told the bench that money would be deposited in the apex court as soon as it is received.

On April 9, the top court had directed the Centre to deposit in its account Rs 10 crore to be given by Italy for the kin of two Indian fishermen and said that the court itself would disburse the compensation. PTI



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