Mumbai: A local court Wednesday granted
interim bail to the captain of merchant vessel MSC Chitra,
which collided with another cargo ship off the city coast,
after the prosecution sought time to file a reply on his
anticipatory bail plea.
The captain, Mandeleno Ranjit Martin, had sought bail
after an FIR was registered against him.
The prosecution sought time till August 18 to file
their reply on the bail plea.
Principal Judge of the sessions court M L Tahalayani,
while adjourning the matter, directed the city police not to
arrest the captain till then.
Two Panamanian vessels -- MSC Chitra and MV
Khalija-111 -- collided off the Mumbai coast on Saturday
resulting in an oil spill.
An FIR was registered following the incident against
the captain and the crew members of both the vessels under
relevant sections of the IPC and Environment Protection Act.
They were booked under section 280 (Rash navigation of
vessel), 336 (endangering life of others) and 427 (mischief
causing damage) of IPC and relevant sections of the
Environment Protection Act.