The Supreme Court has dropped the case against the Italian marines after Italy agreed to pay ten crores compensation to the bereaved families.
In 2012, two Indian fishermen returning from fishing were shot near Lakshadweep islands by two Italian marines on board the Italian ship Enrica Lexie. A special court in India took up the case. The United Nations Dispute Tribunal stated that the marines would be tried in Italy. In addition, the international court asked Italy to compensate the fishermen.
The Supreme court took into account the ruling by the Tribunal. Once the Italian government agreed to pay monetary compensation to the bereaved families, the Supreme court quashed the official complaint registered against the Italian Marines. Both the Central and Kerala government accepted the proposal of the court.
Each family received 40 million rupees, and the remaining money went to the fishing boat owner for damages.