The Supreme Court had also asked the Centre to take a quick decision on whether it would invoke the maritime safety law — under which if anyone causes death, he or she will be awarded with death penalty — to prosecute Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre.
Onboard the MT Enrica Lexie, they had allegedly killed fishermen Ajesh Binki and Jelestine off the Kerala coast in 2012 after mistaking them for pirates.
The home ministry, which had earlier assured Italy of not handing over death penalty to the marines, was caught on the wrong foot as The National Investigation Agency sought its approval to prosecute the duo under the maritime law.
After a series of high-level meetings, the government has revised the sanction to prosecute the two and dropped the death penalty clause.
(With PTI inputs)