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SC verdict on French toxic ship today

The apex court has barred the entry of the decommissioned warship Clemenceau into India till Monday.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 11:01 IST
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The Supreme Court verdict on the controversial toxic ship is likely to be announced on Monday.

The apex court will take up the report of itsmonitoring committeeon whether the decommissioned French warship Clemenceau should enter Indian waters.

The entry of the decommissioned warship into India has been barred till Monday by the Supreme Court, which on January 16 said it would not allow the vessel to be scrapped in Gujarat until the Customs Department clarifies its stand on the controversial issue.

According to sources the monitoring committee report to the apex courthas laid out two options.

One view is that the toxic ship should simply not be allowed to enter India while the other view is that certain conditions need to be attached to the ship's entry into the country.

On the eve of the Supreme Court hearing on the issue, French Ambassador Dominique Girard asserted that the ship contained much less asbestos (toxic waste) than has been projected by the critics but if Indian government and the apex court wanted, Paris was ready to take back the waste.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 10:36 IST