Orissa HC orders arrest of MV Debi ship in Paradip

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 24, 2024 IST

Paradip port

Cuttack, Feb 24: The Orissa High Court on Friday ordered the arrest of a Panama registered cargo ship MV Debi anchored at Paradip for not paying Rs 7.95 crore towards berth and penal berth charges.

Paradip International Cargo Terminal (PICT) had filed the admiralty suit for recovery of dues of Rs 7.95 crore towards berth and penal berth charges from MV Debi.

Hearing the petition, , Justice V Narasingh said, “PICT prima facie has been able to fortify its stand that the suit will be rendered infructuous unless the order to arrest the vessel is passed in exercise of the power of this court under section 5(1) of the Act, 2017. The defendant vessel MV Debi be arrested at Paradip Port.”

Justice Narasingh gave liberty to PICT to communicate the order along with letter of the marshal of the high court. The judge also gave PICT the liberty to serve the warrant of arrest in course of next 24 hours and posted the admiralty suit to March 7 for further consideration.

MV Debi had arrived at Paradip via the Gresik port in Indonesia from Egypt and was scheduled to leave for Denmark.

But, 22 kg of cocaine was allegedly seized from the vessel on December 1, 2023 while oit was anchored at PICT. The vessel has since been stranded at Paradip.

The PICT appealed the High Court as the ship management did not pay the berth and penal berth charges.

The PICT has a multipurpose berth at Paradip port and operates a multipurpose clean cargo terminal catering to various customers. 

On the other hand, the MV Debi ship management argued that the Customs department has seized the ship following seizure of cocaine. The ship management has nothing to do in it.

The Orissa High Court dismissed its stand and ordered arrest of the MV Debi ship.

Notably, the Customs department had seized cocaine worth Rs 200-Rs 220 crore and hearing of the case is going at the NDPS court in Kujang of Jagatsinghpur district. Subsequently, the NDPS court had sought security bond of Rs 100 crore and bank guarantee of Rs 10 crore from MV Debi for release of the vessel.

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