Towards payment of interim relief to families of six crew members

Owners of MT Pratibha Cauvery, which ran aground here during the Nilam cyclone on October 31 and was later taken to Chennai Port, have deposited Rs. 30 lakh with the Madras High Court registry towards payment of interim compensation to the families of six crew members who died.

When petitions seeking payment of interim compensation to the families came up before Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar on Wednesday, counsel for the chairman and managing director of Pratibha Shipping Company, Mumbai, submitted that Rs.30 lakh had been deposited in the name of the Registrar-General of the High Court by way of demand drafts dated December 3. As per the High Court’s earlier order, it was open to the legal heirs of the deceased, who were the petitioners, to claim the amount from the Registrar-General on submitting the legal heirship certificate.

The Central government submitted that it would file a report by December 11.

Mr. Justice Paul Vasanthakumar said that the cases by eight surviving crew members through counsel S. Vasudevan would be posted along with the petitions filed by the families of deceased next Tuesday.

The eight, including the ship’s chief engineer, Jiwan Parkash, had sought payment of back wages and compensation.

“The cases by eight surviving crew members would be posted next Tuesday”