Mumbai: The captain of cargo ship MV
Khalijia 111, which collided with another ship MSC Chitra
resulting in an oil spill on August 7, has approached the
sessions court seeking anticipatory bail.
Laxman Dubey has sought anticipatory bail in a case
registered against him and the captain of the other ship for
The court is likely to hear the bail plea tomorrow.
The captain and crew members of both the vessels were
booked under various Sections of the IPC and Environment
Protection Act including Section 280 (rash navigation of
vessel), 336 (endangering life of others) and 427 (mischief
Last week, the captain of Chitra, Minguelinho Ranjit
Martin had sought anticipatory bail. The court had granted him
interim bail till August 18 by when the prosecution would file
their reply on the plea.
Dubey in his bail plea has said there was no deliberate
negligence or motive in the collision of the two ships and
that it was an accident.
Although there was no casualty or injury to anyone, the
collision had resulted in a major oil spill off and around the
At the time of collision, Chitra was carrying 2662 tonnes
of fuel oil.