On Tuesday, The Madras High Court refused to intervene with a No Objection Certificate (NOC) permitting BW Maple.
The NOC was issued by the Director General of Shipping (DGS) on 14th of September 14 which allowed the BW Maple, this is one of the two vessels which is involved in the collision that lead oil spill to a large scale at the port of Kamarajar in Ennore on 28th of January, to sail out of the port.
The first Division Bench of Indira Banerjee (Chief Justice) and M. Sundar (Justice) also recorded the Ennore police submission that they do not need the vessel continued detention as the investigation into a registered criminal case with regards to the incident was in the final stage and the charge sheet for the same would be filed very soon.
The advocate S. Raghunathan, agreeing to a request made by BW Maple owners, to fix a frame of time for completing this criminal investigation, and also the internal inquiry being executed by the DGS, the judges gave the order that proceedings for both should be finished within the four weeks from the court ordered date of receipt.
Furthermore, the bench of judges appreciated the efforts of M. Nandhakumar, who is the counsel for the public interest litigation, and had challenged the No Objection Certificate, for fair acknowledging that he was unaware, when the case was getting field, that the BW Maple owners, and the other vessel MT Dawn Kanchipuram had furnished the bank guarantees of 203 crore to settle claims by fishermen each.
Additional Solicitor General G. Rajagopalan, in his submissions before the court, said that the BW Maple was not polluting ship and water as the oil that has spilled came only from the oil tanker MT Dawn Kanchipuram.