Describing pirates operating from Somalia as a “serious menace for maritime traffic”, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate efforts to bring back Indians held hostages by the pirates.
“It does appear that pirates operating from Somalia have become serious menace to the safety of maritime traffic in Gulf of Aden and Western Arabian Sea and three incidents involving Indian citizens are part of a series of such events. Combating piracy is imperative for safety of seafarers as well as successful world trade,” said a bench led by Justice T S Thakur.
The bench, however, refused to pass any other directive to the government, saying it could not assume the role of the executive to oversee the sensitive issue of coordination with international agencies and bodies for securing release of citizens, who are held hostages abroad.
The court added that the issue of coordination at international level had to be left to the wisdom of experts in the government.