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Ex-bureaucrats, scientists move SC against N-plant

They have filed a joint PIL pleading that the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, be declared as unconstitutional.



New Delhi: Members of civil society,
including former bureaucrats, scientists, a former Navy Chief
and NGOs, on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court seeking its
direction to stay construction of all proposed nuclear power
plants.

They have filed a joint PIL pleading that the Civil
Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, be declared as
unconstitutional and appoint an expert independent body to
conduct a thorough safety reassessment of all existing and
proposed nuclear facilities in the country.

"Issue an appropriate writ cancelling clearances given to
proposed nuclear power plants and staying all proposed nuclear
power plants till requisite safety assessment studies,
thorough comparative cost-benefit analysis and meaningful
public hearings are carried out by or under the supervision of
an independent expert body," the petition said.

The petitioners, who include former Cabinet Secretary
TSR Subramanian, former Chief of Naval Staff L Ramdas,
former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, former
Secretary to the Prime Minister KR Venugopal and nuclear
scientist P M Bhargava, pleaded an expert nuclear regulator
independent of the government be set up to do a comparative
cost-benefit analysis vis-a-vis other sources of energy.

They submitted the apex court should rule that in the
case of a nuclear accident, all nuclear operators and
suppliers, would be jointly and severally and absolutely
liable for civil damages and their financial liability would
be unlimited.

PTI

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