Italian marines case: Supreme Courtroom stays disbursement of Rs 2 crore aid to boat proprietor


The SUPREME Courtroom on Thursday stayed the disbursement of the Rs 2 crore compensation, which it had directed to be paid to the proprietor of the fishing vessel St Antony concerned within the 2012 Italian marines case.

A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and V Ramasubramanian ordered the keep on an utility filed by seven fishermen who have been on board the fishing vessel when two Italian marines on board the oil tanker Enrica Lexie opened fireplace on February 15, 2012, killing two of the crew members, off the Kerala coast.

The seven fishermen had moved the court docket searching for a share within the compensation. Advocate Manish Dembla showing for the seven advised the court docket that they too have been entitled to a share of the cash however there was no route to pay something to them. The court docket directed him to additionally make the boat proprietor a celebration within the matter and issued discover to him.

Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta advised that the fishermen’s plea will be despatched to the Kerala Excessive Courtroom, which is entrusted with the duty of disbursing the compensation, to which the bench stated {that a} discover to vessel proprietor Freddy was needed as any modification within the order will cut back his share.

“The discover of this utility be given to the boat proprietor and in the mean time, we request the Kerala Excessive Courtroom to not disburse any quantity to the boat proprietor by way of the June 15, 2021 order,” the bench stated in its order.

The SC on Tuesday closed all proceedings pending within the nation towards the 2 Italian marines – Grasp Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre and Sergeant Main Salvatore Girone – and directed that the felony investigation within the matter can resume in Italy.

On July 15, permitting a request by the Centre, the court docket had quashed the FIR registered towards the 2 marines.

This was as a result of the Arbitral Tribunal constituted beneath the 1982 United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (UNCLOS) – of which India is a celebration – had delivered its award on Might 21, 2020 beneath which the Italy agreed to pay compensation of Rs 10 crore, over and above the ex-gratia quantity already paid, and likewise dedicated that it’ll resume its felony investigation into the incident. Italy had accordingly deposited Rs 10 crore with India.