Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SC notice to NBA (Narmada Bachao Andolan-Medha Patkar ) for filing false affidavit in dam case

SC notice to NBA for filing false affidavit in dam case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Medha Patkar-headed Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) on Madhya Pradesh government’s plea to initiate perjury proceedings against the NGO for filing a false affidavit relating to acquisition of villages for Omkareswar dam project.
   A miffed Bench comprising Justices J M Panchal, Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan also asked NBA to show cause why it should not be restrained from filing any petition before any court for its alleged act of filing false affidavit before the Supreme Court.
   During the hearing of NBA’s appeal against a Madhya Pradesh High Court order, the NGO had filed an affidavit challenging the government’s stand that though it had acquired five villages — Dhardi, Nayapura, Guwadi, Kothmir and Narasinghpura — it had not taken possession of the land.
   The NBA even filed an affidavit saying possession of land in the five villages had already been taken and vested with the state. Faced with diametrically opposite stands, the court on February 24 asked the Indore district judge to inspect the land in the five villages and submit a report.
   The district jin his March 11 report to the court said the land was found to be cultivated by the earlier owners and the state had not taken possession.
   Promptly, the state government through counsel C D Singh moved an application for initiation of perjury action against NBA for making a wrong statement and misleading the Supreme Court.

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