Police won't arrest ship captains without notice
The Yellow Gate police, investigating the case of collision between MSC Chitra and cargo vessel MV Khalijia III, five nautical miles from the shores of Colaba, told the sessions court on Wednesday that they will not arrest the captains of the ships without serving them 72-hour notices.mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2010 03:23 IST
The Yellow Gate police, investigating the case of collision between MSC Chitra and cargo vessel MV Khalijia III, five nautical miles from the shores of Colaba, told the sessions court on Wednesday that they will not arrest the captains of the ships without serving them 72-hour notices.
The captain of MSC Chitra, Mandeleno Ranjit Martin, and Khalijia’s captain, Laxman Dubey, had filed bail applications in court saying the collision was because of a technical error and was not their fault.
Public Prosecutor R.V. Kini, however, told the court that the police have no intentions of arresting Martin or Dubey immediately.
“Investigation is still on and we have to obtain reports from various agencies while a parallel inquiry is being conducted by the Director General of Shipping,” Kini said.
Principal Judge M.L. Tahaliyani said, “Chitra’s captain is saying he was on channel 12 while according to captain of Khalijia, Chitra was on channel 13. It’s a very serious case and the police are yet to ascertain which channel Chitra was coming from.”
The court initially asked the police to investigate the matter and was to adjourn it until Friday but after Kini made the statement that the police will not arrest the accused without giving them a 72-hour notice, the court disposed of the duo’s bail applications.
Martin and Dubey, in their applications, had blamed each other’s ships for the collision.
The Yellow Gate police had registered a first information report (FIR) against the captains of both Panamanian merchant ships last week.
Both captains were booked for rash navigation of vessels and committing an act endangering the life or personnel safety of others among other sections.
Thirty-three members of crew, including two Pakistani nationals, were rescued following the collision.