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HC asks Govt for affidavit over farmers' suicide

HC has given 2 weeks time to Maharashtra Govt to file affidavit over farmers' suicide in the state.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 21:25 IST

The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has given two weeks time to Maharashtra government to file an affidavit on spate of suicides by farmers in the state.

A Division Bench of Justice JN Patel and Justice RMS Khandeparkar while hearing the Public Interest Litigation of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti through its chief Kishore Tiwari yesterday expressed surprise over the inordinate delay in filing the affidavit.

The Bench had earlier on February 13 had served notices on the Principal Chief Secretaries of Social Welfare, Agriculture and Revenue departments besides Amravati Divisional Commissioner to show cause on the PIL, within two weeks.But the authorities had sought more time.

The PIL had alleged that over 380 farmers in the region had committed suicide following crop failure, mounting debts and failure of BT cotton seeds, in vidarbha particularly in Yavatmal district.It also urged the state to file compensation cases against multinational Monsanto and recover Rs five lakh each from the company for their bad quality seeds.

On Monday, the High Court gave another two weeks to the state government to file a detailed affidavit.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 21:25 IST