A total of 30 fishermen from Rameswaram —who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on April 6 — were released on Wednesday.

The magistrate court in Mannar ordered their release, little over a month after their arrest on charges of engaging in illegal fishing activity in Sri Lankan waters.

However, the case against the 26 fishermen from Tamil Nadu held on April 5 remains sub judice. According to sources at the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, senior officials have taken up the speedy release of the fishermen with the Sri Lankian authorities.