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Madras HC dismisses plea for holding public meetings in Kudankulam

Madras HC dismisses plea for holding public meetings in KudankulamChennai, Nov 16 : The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed petitions which sought to declare the clamping of ban orders under Section 144 (1) of CrPC in Kudankulam as null and void.

It also refused to grant permission for conducting a public meeting to highlight demands against commissioning of the nuclear power plant.

Citing a Supreme Court division bench'' order, Madras High Court judge Justice K Chandru cdismissed the two petitions filed by one G Sivarasa Boopathy.

The petitioner had submitted that he had sought police permission to hold a public meeting in Kudankulam on July 28 last as part of the protest against the Indo-Russian power project.

Police denied permission citing Section 144 (1) CrPC, which was in force till September 9 last in the area.

The petitioner move the high court challenging the promulgation of Sec 144. Police in their counter had justified the promulgation order.

Last month, hundreds of activists took to the streets and intensified their stir against the Kudankulam nuclear power project by forming human chains.

Expressing fears about the operationalisation of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, the protesters said then that the plant could have an adverse impact on the environment.

"This must be stopped, it must be prevented. Nuclear plant can be established only with the consent, full knowledge and also with the consent of all people concerned in the area and also the major political parties," said General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) T J Chandrachoodan.

Further he said that most developing nations have withdrawn nuclear projects, whereas India is embarking on such projects.

"Out of 205 nations almost all nations in the world, only 31 nations produce nuclear energy and we have already joined them but we are embarking upon on six projects at a time when all the developing nations are slowly but steadily shutting down their nuclear facilities because it causes immense loss to life with diseases like cancer and blood cancer," added Chandrachoodan.

The villagers of Kudankulam, hit by tsunami in 2004, say their government is gambling with their lives by commissioning one of Asia's first new nuclear reactors since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Protest against the power plant has boiled over the past year, while nuclear fuel has already been loaded in the plant.(ANI)