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Cocaine worth Rs 220 crore seized in Odisha, High Court orders ‘arrest’ of cargo ship in Paradip – Bollywood Keeda

ridge :The Orissa High Court has ordered the ‘arrest’ of Panama-registered cargo ship MV Debbie, anchored at Paradip port in Jagatsinghpur district, from where cocaine worth Rs 220 crore was seized about three months ago.

Justice V Narsingh passed the order on Friday while hearing an admiralty suit filed by Paradip International Cargo Terminal (PICT). The plaintiff prayed the court to order payment of a sum of Rs 7.95 crore for berthing and penal berth charges against the cargo ship.

The petitioner also sought arrest of the ship under Section 5(1) of the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act, 2017”).

In an interim order, the Admiralty judge said, “The PICT is prima facie able to strengthen its stand that the prosecution would be infructuous unless the exercise of the power of this court under section 5(1) to arrest the ship The order is not passed. ) Act, 2017.”

“Accordingly a separate judge’s order is passed for the arrest of respondent Wessel. The defendant-vessel (MV Debi) be arrested at Paradip port,” the court said.

The court gave liberty to the plaintiff to communicate the order with a letter from the High Court Marshal. The court said that the plaintiff is also free to get the arrest warrant served during the next 24 hours.

The court fixed March 7 for further consideration of the matrimonial claim by the PICT.

Notably, MV Debbie came into limelight after 22 kg was seized from the ship on December 1, 2023.

Earlier this month, a special NDPS court in Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district had sought a huge guarantee of Rs 110 crore for the release of cargo ship MV Debbie.


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