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‘First let Italy pay compensation’: SC says can’t think of relief to Italian marines before hearing victims’ kin

The Supreme Court on Friday said that it cannot think of granting any relief to the two Italian marines, who are accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012 off the coast of Kerala, until the victims` families are paid proper compensation.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, submitted before the apex court that it wanted to withdraw the prosecution in India against two Italian marines as Italy is likely to prosecute them there.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, said that it will not pass any orders without hearing the family of the two victim fishermen.

The Solicitor General told the apex court that Italian marines have filed a petition seeking quashing of the case in India. On this, the CJ-led bench asked how the Center can move the apex court for a closing case in India instead of filing an application in the trial court for withdrawal of prosecution.

“Victims’ families are also party in trial court. They should also get a chance to respond. You must pay adequate compensation to the victims’ families,” the bench said.

“Let Italy pay them proper compensation first,” the court said, asking Mehta to file an application seeking impleading of families of victims within a week.

“We cannot think of any relief for marines till their prosecution is not withdrawn in Kerala court,” the bench said.

Mehta responded by saying that the central government is willing to file a petition for withdrawing prosecution against the two marines.

“But the family of victims will have a problem. They will have to be heard,” CJI Bobde said.