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SC holds Clemenceau's entry

The apex court has also asked for the names of experts from the Centre to give opinion on the French ship.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 15:20 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to suggest four-five names of retired navy personnel having experience in manufacturing and breaking of ships to give opinion on the controversial French ship Clemenceau.

Without expressing any opinion on the Court's Monitoring Committee report, a Division Bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice HS Kapadia asked the Ministry of Defence to give the names for the panel by February 17, the next date of hearing.

Taking exception to holding demonstrations and writing of "one sided" articles on the Clemenceau issue, the Bench said it will issue contempt proceedings against those resorting to such things now onwards.

Meanwhile, the Court said its earlier order restraining the ship from entering India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) continues.

The Court also asked the Customs Department to give its view if the ship could be allowed to enter the Indian waters.

The monitoring committee report submitted before the Bench last week gave a 7-3 split opinion on the issue.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 13:59 IST