It appears that the ship was detained on the basis of allegations that the ship owners owed debts to the Estonian shore service company Bunker Partner OU. The Russian Embassy reminded that the claim filed in the court on the loans has nothing to do with the unloading of the cargo from the ship. The court also allowed the cargo to be unloaded. It said that the Russian Consulate General in Chennai is in consultation regarding this matter.
An Estonian company approached the Kerala High Court after the Russian vessel MV MAIA-I did not pay fuel bills worth Rs.1.87 crore. The court heard the arguments of the Estonian company and ordered the seizure of the ship. As the ship brought weapons to the Indian Navy, the court allowed them to be unloaded from the ship.
Bunker Partner OU is a company based in Estonia. TX Harry, who has the power of attorney of that company in Cochin, filed a lawsuit against the Russian ship in the High Court regarding the evasion of bills. The responding court issued an arrest warrant and ordered the Deputy Conservator to detain and seize the vessel in Kochi port.