The state government initiated criminal prosecution against two activists, including a retired judge, who are protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.
This was informed to the Bombay high court, which is hearing a petition filed by PB Sawant, retired high court judge BG Kolse Patil and social activist Vaishali Patil challenging the restraining order passed against them from entering Jaitapur.
Suvarna Patki, police inspector from Ratnagiri filed an affidavit, which stated that criminal prosecution was initiated against Kolse Patil and Vaishali because they “willfully breached an order passed by the district magistrate of Ratnagiri, Madhukar Gaikwad.”
Gaikwad had passed several orders between November 28, 2010, and November 30, 2010, and between December 3, 2010, and December 5, 2010 under sections 144 of the criminal procedure code restraining them from entering Ratnagiri.
Gaikwad also filed an affidavit stating that restrictive orders were passed against PB Sawant, Kolse Patil, Vaishali and two others on the basis of a report submitted by the superintendent of police. Additional government pleader, Nitin Deshpande, informed the court that the restraining order was no longer operational and so there was no restriction on petitioners from entering Jaitapur.
Sawant, Kolse Patil and Vaishali moved the HC after the state government restrained them from entering Ratnagiri district in October 2010, after they planned a ‘jail bharo’ agitation in Jaitapur, where India’s biggest nuclear power plant is to come up.
The high court has kept the matter for hearing on Thursday.