Aditi, the wife of Captain James, and her sister Anvi accompanied by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam met the Prime Minister in his Parliament House office. (Agencies)
Captain James of oil tanker MT Ocean Centurian was arrested in July on charges of aiding pirates off the coast of Togo. "He was arrested for aiding pirates. But the fact is that he gave a tip off to authorities on the presence of pirates," Nirupam told reporters outside the Parliament House.
Nirupam said he is hopeful that a solution will be found in the next few days.
"The matter is now being handled at the highest level. The PM gave us a patient hearing...since we do have an embassy or High Commission in Togo, our High Commissioner to Ghana is making diplomatic efforts to secure his release," Nirupam, MP from Mumbai (North), said.
After the meeting, Anvi's husband Rakesh Mahadappa said that the Prime Minister informed the family that his office is doing everything possible to secure a full and final release of Sunil on humanitarian grounds or at least seek a pardon for him for a few weeks so that he could come back to India to perform his duties as a father to bury his son.
He said that Singh has also deputed a Joint Secretary in the PMO, Javed Ashraf, to help manage the captain's release.
Captain James’ 11-month-old son died of septicemia in a hospital on December 2. The body of the toddler has been kept at a Mumbai hospital.
Aditi, the wife of Captain James, and her sister Anvi accompanied by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam met the Prime Minister in his Parliament House office.