HC takes suo motu cognizance of fax sent by Pak human rights body

Message relates to crew members of vessel

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:September 21, 2013 3:10 am

The Gujarat High Court (HC) on Friday took suo motu cognizance of a fax message from a Pakistani human rights organisation regarding the human rights of some of the crew members of a vessel that has been detained in high sea,off the coast of Alang Ship-breaking Yard of Bhavnagar. The fax message was sent from a Karachi-based organisation Ansar Burney Trust International to the Chief Justice’s office on Friday,

Among the vessel’s crew members were five Pakistani,six Indian,three Egyptian and one each from Palestine,Bangladesh and Syria. It was reported that the condition of one of them had turned serious after the food and drinking water ran out on board the ship.

According to Government Pleader Prakash Jani,the vessel was detained in high sea,following some payment issues and an HC order in that regard.

Following the fax message,a HC division bench,comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala,directed Bhavnagar collector to provide medical facilities,food and drinking water to the crew members at the earliest. The court has also appointed senior advocates Shalin Mehta and Hemang Shah as amicus curae to represent them and posted the date for hearing on Monday.

The detained vessel is named M V Meem. “We assured the court that Gujarat government was committed to protecting the human rights of the crew members and that all help would be provided to them at the earliest,” Jani said. Jani said that the Bhavnagar district collector’s office has appointed a team of officers,led by a deputy collector,to provide help to the detained on-boardcrew members.

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