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Maldives: President Mohammed Muizzu waives off fine imposed on Indian ship, gives relief of Rs 2.25 crore

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Mohammad Muizzu: Maldives President Mohammad Muizzu has taken a big decision in favor of India. It is being told that Muizzu has waived the huge fine of 42 lakh Maldivian rupees which is about 2.25 crore rupees imposed on the Indian ship. He has also given permission to release the ship. 

It is being told that the Corps Guard of Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) had caught the Indian ship ‘Holy Spirit’ on 28 October last year. Maldives had accused the Indian ship of fishing in its exclusive economic zone. When this ship was caught, Ibrahim Solih’s government was in power in Maldives. 

After the ship was caught, the Maldives Fisheries Ministry imposed a fine of 42 lakh Maldivian rupees on its operator Antony Jayabalan. The ship operator had requested for waiver of the fine, but the previous government decided not to accept the request. 

According to a report, after the Muizzu government came to power, the President’s Office waived the fine on March 10 and allowed the ship to leave the country. Seven days later, the ship left the Maldives.

Earlier, the Maldives Fisheries Ministry had filed a case in the civil court for payment of the fine amount. However, when the President’s Office waived the fine, the ministry requested the court to withdraw it. The court dismissed the charges as requested. Let us tell you that the ship’s operator Jayabalan had said that the Indian Embassy did not help in resolving the issue. However, it is not clear whether the Indian Embassy later contacted the Maldives government in this matter or not.