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Missing crew: SC holds Govt accountable

india Updated: Oct 02, 2008 00:53 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Missing crew: SC holds govt accountable

The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to furnish details of the number of reports it has received on marine casualties involving Indian citizens on board foreign vessels after October 2002 and the number of reports received within 48 hours.

A bench headed by Justice RV Raveendran gave the directions after families of Indian seamen on board the missing vessel, Jupiter 6, claimed that the government had failed to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of Seas.

The apex court also ordered Rs 1 lakh in compensation for each of the family of the 10 Indian sailors on board Jupiter 6, which has been missing since 2005.

As the UN convention requires manning agents of ships to be in touch with the Union government, the court wanted to know in how many cases did the director general of shipping receive information about missing ships from such agents.