Rajiv Sinha, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:23 PM IST
The crew has sought compensation on the ground of ‘moral harm’. All these crew members survived a barrage of bullets fired by two Italian marines on their boat off the Kerala coast in 2012. Two of his companions on the boat were killed.
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These 10 crew members have stated in their petition that not a single penny of the compensation of Rs 10 crore paid by the Republic of Italy has reached them. On Friday, the matter was listed before a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Justices V. Ramasubramaniam. The bench has decided to hear the petition on August 2.
On June 15, the Supreme Court had agreed to close criminal proceedings against two Italian sailors Massimiliano Latore and Salvatore Girone after the Republic of Italy paid Rs 10 crore. The order was given in view of the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to prosecute the duo in Italy in May, 2020. The tribunal ordered Italy to compensate for the loss of life, bodily harm, material damage and moral damage caused by the firing. Out of Rs 10 crore, the families of two fishermen who were killed were asked to give Rs 4 crore each while the remaining Rs 2 crore was set aside for the owner of the boat.
10 of the crew who survived the shootout say bullets damaged the boat’s exterior. He says that the cost of the boat was only Rs 10 lakh. In 2012, the boat owner has received Rs 17 lakh as ex-gratia.
The petitioners say that they have not been paid even a single rupee. He says that he should also get a share in the two crore rupees received by the boat owner. These people have demanded compensation on the ground of ‘moral harm’.