NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court on Friday ordered US authorities to pay a record $2 billion in damages to a US-based company over the 2013 air raid that killed its Indian partner in an air strike in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The court, in its order on Friday, said the US government had committed “gross negligence” and said the attack on the company was “reprehensible”.
“The air raid in January 2017 caused massive and irreparable damage to the health and welfare of the people of Kashmir and the Indian Government,” the court said.
“The US Government committed gross negligence by its actions and the damage caused by the air raid.”
The case, which has not yet been certified by a US judge, was brought by a group of Indian activists who had sued the US, seeking the payment of $1.5 billion.US authorities have not commented on the order.
The United States has been embroiled in a bitter dispute with India over the region’s disputed Kashmir region, which is governed by the Pakistan-based militant group, the Pakistani Taliban.
In January 2017, a drone strike killed six Indian soldiers, including two American servicemen.