Former SC judge criticises PM on Endosulfan issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 13:26

Kochi: Noted jurist and former Supreme
Court judge VR Krishna Iyer has criticised Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for what he called his `unfeeling indifference`
to Kerala`s request for a country wide ban on Endosulfan.

"I disapprove of the Prime Minister`s unfeeling
indifference to the request of all the Kerala ministers
jointly requesting the ban of the dangerous and deleterious
Endosulfan most harmful to human life," Justice Iyer said in a
statement here on Monday.

"The Prime Minister`s attitude is violative of the
right to life of the Indian people and to continue the
manufacture and distribution of Endosulfan is unfortunate and
violative of Article 21," he said.

Iyer supported the protest against the pesticide led
by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan who observed a day-long
fast yesterday.

It is "shameful and shocking" that India should be the
largest consumer of Endosulfan while more than 63 countries,
including the European Union, Australia and New Zealand have
banned it, he said and appealed to the Prime Minister to stop
immediately the manufacture and sale of Endosulfan.

Meanwhile, a group of Left MPs today held
a protest in Parliament House demanding a ban on Endosulfan
pesticide and questioned whether the reluctance on part of the
government to take action in this regard pointed to another


First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 13:26

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