New Delhi: Left parties on Sunday slammed the new
amendments proposed by the government in the nuclear liability
bill which, according to them, would make it impossible to
ascribe liability to suppliers of equipment for nuclear
"The formulation of 17 (b) proposed in the amendment is in
fact worse than the provision contained in the original bill,"
CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI General Secretary
A B Bardhan, Forward Bloc leader Debabrata Biswas and Abani
Roy of the Revolutionary Socialist Party said in a statement
The amendments to the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage
Bill, 2010 proposed by the government not only goes against
the grain of the crucial recommendations of the Standing
Committee, but also seeks to further dilute the provisions of
the original bill to protect the interests of the foreign
suppliers of nuclear equipment and domestic private players,
The Left parties said the new amendment proposed by the
government would require proof that sub-standard equipment or
material was "consequence of an act done with the intent to
cause nuclear damage".
"With this amendment, it will become impossible to
ascribe liability to the supplier," the statement said.
The Left parties said the amendment proposed by the
government went against the formulation suggested by the
Standing Committee, which does not require any such proof on
the intent of the supplier.
They said the dubious intent of the government was
further exposed by the addition of Clause 7 (1) proposed as an
amendment, through which it seeks to "assume full liability
for a nuclear installation not operated by it", which clearly
referred to private nuclear installations.
The Left parties said the Standing Committee had
categorically recommended "that there will be no private
operator of nuclear installation".
"This paves the way for a massive subsidisation of
private players in nuclear power by the Government as and
when they are allowed to operate," the statement said.
The Left parties accused the government of acting under
pressure from foreign nuclear suppliers and domestic corporate
"The Left Parties call upon all political parties to
unitedly oppose these amendments proposed by the Government to
protect interests of the people and the country," the
On Monday last, the city crime branch had arrested a
police constable Bahadursinh Dhirubha Wadher (37), posted in
Girgadhada police station in Junagadh district.
A couple of days later, they arrested Pachan Shiva (28),
who was allegedly one of the two motorcycle-borne assailants
who had shot Jethwa.
According to police, Wadher had given the contract of
killing Jethwa to Shiva and one Shailesh Pandya, a sharp
shooter, who is still absconding.
Both Shiva and Pandya had come on a motorcycle and shot
Jethwa from close range when he was coming out of his lawyer`s
office near the Gujarat High Court on July 20.
Police said that the duo were promised Rs 11 lakh by
Wadher for killing Jethwa.
After the arrest of Wadher, crime branch officials had
said that there were no leads which pointed at Dinu Solanki`s
involvement in Jethwa`s murder.
The PIL filed by Jethwa in the Gujarat High Court also
has Dinu Solanki and Pratap Solanki as respondents. In the
petition he has alleged that the Uncle-Nephew duo were
involved in illegal mining in Gir forest region.