The row over setting up the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday with a petition, which sought its directions to restrain the Union government and other authorities from commissioning the controversial project.
The Special Leave Petition (SLP) by social activist G. Sundarrajan against the Madras High Court’s August 31, 2012 decision refusing to impose any restraint has claimed that non-implementation of various recommendations formulated by the government’s task force “puts to grave risk the safety of millions of citizens.”
The petition, filed through counsel Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva, said the High Court had given a go ahead to the nuclear power plant without first ensuring that the 17 critical safety features recommended by the Central government’s expert task force are put in place.
It complained that in complete violation of the absolute liability principle evolved by the apex court, the government has absolved the Russian company supplying the nuclear reactor of any liability in case of an accident.
“The government has also brutally cracked down on the local community peacefully protesting against the plant and has slapped sedition cases against thousands of protesters.
“Thus it is absolutely clear that the government intends to push the project through without any consideration of the safety, costs, environmental impact and other concerns regarding the project,” the petition said.
The petitioner urged the court to pass an “ex-parte ad-interim injunction against the respondents from further proceeding with Initial Fuel Loading and/or Commissioning the Unit 1 & 2 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project till the recommendations of the task force regarding the said project are fully implemented.”