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Port in court on HBT equipment

Calcutta, Dec. 10: Calcutta Port Trust today moved the high court seeking an order restraining Haldia Bulk Terminals from removing its machinery from the port complex till a compensation claim of Rs 250 crore against the company was settled.

The CPT also sought an order appointing a special officer to take the custody of HBT’s machinery, kept in berths 2 and 8 of the dock.

Jayanta Mitra, the lawyer for CPT, told the court that his client had been suffering huge losses because of the now-defunct equipment that hindered work at the berths.

Justice Sanjib Banerjee has decided to hear the case on December 12.

Jishnu Saha, who appeared for HBT, said his client would also move a case pleading an order to allow it to remove its machinery. The lawyer claimed his client had incurred a loss of Rs 138 crore as the port authorities failed to provide security to its workers.

Saha added his client would also demand compensation. HBT, jointly promoted by ABG group of India and French logistics company LDA, had on October 31 announced its exit from the port citing unsafe work condition.