Solicitor General (SG) of India Tushar Mehta informed the division Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and MR Shah that the Republic of Italy has deposited the compensation amount with the Government of India, which the Centre has further deposited before the Supreme Court.
The Kerala government has also expressed the view that people who were injured in the incident should also be compensated and so Mehta said “it is for the Kerala government to apportion the amount”, LiveLaw reported.
Earlier, the Centre had told the apex court that according to the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) under the United Nations Convention on Law of Seas, India has no jurisdiction to launch criminal prosecution against the Italian Marines.
Therefore, the SG had requested the Supreme Court to quash the cases, invoking powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
The PCA in July last year had ruled that India was entitled to claim compensation, however, the International Tribunal also held that India has no jurisdiction to launch criminal prosecution against the Marines as they had sovereign immunity.
(With inputs from LiveLaw)
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