Bombay HC allows public meeting at Jaitapur
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 23:25
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted permission to two former judges to hold a public meeting for the second time to hear villagers' grievances in connection to the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur in coastal Maharashtra.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice R S Dalvi was hearing a petition filed by villager Premanand Tiwarkar who stated villagers are opposed to the power plant.

According to the petition, a public meeting was held in south Mumbai by retired judges A P Shah and S D Pandit in May but the villagers could not attend it. Hence, they sought a fresh meeting to be held in Jaitapur.

Tiwarkar approached the high court as Ratnagiri district collector under the Bombay Police Act has restrained public gathering in and around the proposed site to maintain law and order.

The petitioners argued that the public meeting is a peaceful affair to help locals voice their grievances.

Accepting the arguments, the court permitted the public meeting to be held but with the rider that maximum 20 villagers can attend the hearing at a time.


First Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 23:25

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