Lawyer moves HC to arrest anti-nuke protestors

An advocate moved the Madras HC for a direction to the TN govt to arrest protesters against whom criminal cases had been filed.

Chennai: An advocate on Thursday moved the Madras
High Court for a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to
arrest protesters against whom criminal cases had been filed,
for stalling commissioning of the prestigious Indo-Russian
Koondankulam Nuclear Power plant in Tirunelveli district.

When the PIL filed by city based advocate D Ranganathan
came up for hearing, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar adjourned it
by two weeks for filing of counter affidavits by the
authorities concerned.

The advocate submitted that criminal cases had been
registered under various IPC sections, including criminal
conspiracy (120-B),waging war or attempting to wage war
against the Centre (121), sedition (124-A) and voluntary
provocation with intent to cause riots (153).

`Though a FIR was registered, thereafter nothing has been
done to prevent protestors from preventing the commissioning
of the plant`, he claimed and alleged that S P Udayakumar, a
representative of `Peoples` Movement Against Nuclear Energy`,
spearheading the agitation, has allegedly indulged in false
propaganda, instigating local villagers to protest.

Though experts had allayed their fears by inspecting the
site, the protesters have refused to budge from there,claiming
that even advanced countries like Germany had decided to shut
down 17 nuclear power reactors, he said.

He also pointed out that aeronautical scientist and former
President APJ Abdul Kalam, after visiting the plant had
declared `it is safe in all aspects.`


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