After the CPM,the CPI on Friday alleged that the UPA government was trying to crack down on the protests against the nuclear power plant in Koodankulam in the name of mis-utilisation of foreign fund by some NGOs and that such attempts show intolerance on the part of the government.
The party said that the Left had in the past raised the issue of accountability on the use of foreign funds by NGOs,but the government never responded. Now,the government has acted as it is unable to answer genuine apprehensions of local people regarding security concerns after the Fukushima incident,it said.
This action is initiated after the Prime Ministers statement criticising NGOs for organising protests against the nuclear plant. There are thousands of NGOs receiving foreign funds in the country with the knowledge and permission of the Government of India, it said.
Cairn-Vedanta deal: Bench recuses itself
A Supreme Court bench on Friday recused itself from hearing a petition challenging the validity of the $ 8.5 billion Cairn-Vedanta deal and seeking a CBI probe into the reasons for ONGC and government in not asserting their legal rights in the issue. Without giving any reason,a bench of Justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad said it would not like to hear the matter and that it will go to some other bench. The judges simply said that the matter should not be listed before them.
CID to probe Burdwan killings
KOLKATA: Coming as a snub to the Mamata Banerjee-led government,the Calcutta High Court Friday handed over the probe into the killing of the two CPM leaders in Burdwan district on February 22 to the state CID. The HC expressed displeasure on the ongoing investigation by the district police. The petitioners,however,urged HC to hand over the case to the CBI. While the Division Bench of Chief Justice Jaynarayan Patel and Justice Sombudha Chakraborty directed the CID to file a preliminary report on the investigation on March 23,the Bench said it would monitor the probe and the agency would have to file its progress report time to time.