Laxman Dubey, the captain of MV Khailjia-III, which collided with MSC Chitra close to the city’s coast on August 7, filed an application seeking anticipatory bail on Monday. The sessions court will hear the plea on Tuesday.
In the bail application, Dubey has said the collision was because of navigational error and that his ship, MV Khailjia-III, had been moving at a slow speed while MSC Chitra was going fast.
“There was no error on his part,” said Dubey’s lawyer Arpan Rajput.
Dubey has also said that he has been cooperating with the investigators and that he does not need to be interrogated. “Dubey’s statement has already been recorded. He is not a criminal that he needs to be interrogated,” Rajput pointed out.
“The court will hear Dubey’s anticipatory bail plea on Tuesday,” public prosecutor R.V. Kini said.
Mandeleno Ranjit Martin, the captain of MSC Chitra, has already approached the court with his anticipatory bail application. His case will be heard on Wednesday.
The Yellow Gate police on Sunday registered a first information report against the captains of both merchant ships, whose collision caused an
oil spill as well as disrupted operations at the city’s two ports.
Both captains have been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Environment Protection Act.
If convicted, they can be fined up to Rs 5 lakh or imprisoned for three years.