Clear stand, High Court tells Centre

Updated on Aug 30, 2007 02:26 AM IST

It asked the Centre to explain its stand on a PIL seeking direction to the Govt to approach the President of India for a reference to the SC for its advise on the Indo-US nuclear deal, reports Harish V Nair.

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Hindustan Times | ByHarish V Nair, New Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to explain its stand on a PIL seeking direction to the government to approach the President of India for a reference to the Supreme Court for its advise on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Directing the Additional Solicitor General to make the Centre’s stand clear, a Division Bench of Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna fixed the matter for hearing for Thursday.

The court also appointed a senior counsel Jagmohan Sabharwal to assist it on the issue.

The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by a social worker Sarvjeet Kumar through his counsel Sugriv Dubey, stating that the deal was a legal matter and had an effect on the country's sovereignty.

Dubey contended the executive could not interpret the contents of the agreement unless the Supreme Court went into the details and advised the government for the proper steps to be taken.

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