On May 14, 2012, a committee led by Justice (Retd) A.P. Shah (Retd Chief Justice, Madras High Court) and comprising Adv. Geeta Ramaseshan and Prof. Prabha Kalvimani heard a public hearing on Koodankulam and State Suppression of Democratic Rights. The hearing was prompted by the unlawful efforts by the governments of Tamil Nadu and India to prevent any discussion critical of nuclear energy in the wake of the 19 March decision of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to withdraw her support to the anti-nuclear movement and declare her consent to commissioning the nuclear plants. Before that and since then, numerous cases — more than 247 FIRs — have been filed against innocent people charging them with grievous offences such as sedition and waging war against the state. Other forms of repression — such as intimidation, oral directions to printing presses and auditorium owners discouraging them from lending their services for activities critical of nuclear energy — have characterised the State’s attempt to manufacture consent and suppress dissent.

Today ( June 4 , 2012) at 11 am , the report of Justice A P Shah Committee on Koodankulam and Democracy will be released to the public in Chennai Press Club,Chennai. Professor Vasanthi Devi, former Vice Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University to receive first copy of report today. The other members of Panel , Advocate Geeta Ramaseshan and Professor Prabha Kalvimani will also be present.

 

To watch the event live : http://www.livestream.com/koodankulamshah?t=227743