P.R.P. Exports has moved the Madras High Court bench here seeking a direction to the Madurai district police to permit the firm to recover and return to the firm’s partner the empty containers within its sealed factory. The firm was sealed by the district administration for its involvement in the multi-crore granite quarrying scam.

In the petition filed on behalf of the firm, its partner P. Suresh Kumar, said that the firm was sealed and its accounts were frozen by the Madurai district administration and the police on August 9, 2012. After the firm moved the court, the bank account was activated and the imported consignments were permitted to be cleared from the Tuticorin port, he stated. However, the factory remained sealed, he added.

According to the petitioner, eight containers carrying gang saw blades were imported from Italy in July 2012. “The containers reached the petitioner’s factory on August 7, 2012. After unloading the materials, we were supposed to return the containers to Hapag-Lloyd container shipping lines on August 9, 2012. Owing to the action taken against us, we were not able to return the containers,” Mr. Suresh said in his petition.

“Besides, the firm had also hired 31 containers to export its granite to foreign countries through various shipping lines. They have been kept in the factory since August 9. Since we were unable to return the 39 containers, we are forced to pay a daily demurrage of nearly Rs. 3,000 for each container.”

Mr. Suresh Kumar further claimed that he had made representations to the investigating officer probing the granite quarrying case and the Superintendent of Police to recover and return the containers to the shipping company. The police officials did not consider his representations, he alleged and sought the intervention of the court to retrieve the containers.