Sethu case: SC grants Swamy time to file response


Sethu case: SC grants Swamy time to file response

Published: September 18, 2013 01:34 IST | Updated: September 18, 2013 01:34 IST

Sethu case: SC grants Swamy time to file response

Legal Correspondent

The Bench posted the matter for further hearing in the second week of November

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted time to BJP leader Subramanian
Swamy to file his response to the Centre’s affidavit that it wanted to
implement the Sethusamudram project in the original alignment by
cutting across the Ram Setu.
A three-judge Bench, headed by Justice H.L. Dattu, posted the matter
for further hearing in the second week of November when it would take
up the petitions filed by Dr. Swamy and others challenging the
On Monday, the Centre stated that it did not accept the conclusions
and recommendations of the Expert Committee headed by Dr. Pachauri
that it was unlikely that public interest would be served if the
project was implemented as per Alignment No. 4A (alternative route
suggested by the court as against the original Alignment No. 6, which
will cut through the Ram Setu.)
The Centre rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s stand that the
Sethusamudram project must be scrapped “as the project is of
questionable economic value and not in public interest.”
The Centre had said considering the fact that Rs. 766.82 crore had
been spent on the project, implementing it further would improve its
economic viability. It said “the project has strategic, navigational
and socio-economic benefits and judging the economic viability of the
project by merely internal rate of return which reflects only the
commercial viability may not be appropriate.”

UPA builds a ‘Sethu’ for DMK return

TNN | Sep 18, 2013, 04.13 AM IST
CHENNAI: While a Congress-DMK alliance for the 2014 Lok Sabha election
appears certain, the UPA government’s submission in the Supreme Court
on the Sethusamudram shipping canal project on Monday reiterates a
growing proximity between the two parties.

The Centre’s sudden keenness to implement it along the controversial
Ram Sethu alignment brings it into direct conflict with BJP. But, more
significant is the fact that it gives DMK a face-saving excuse to
renew ties with Congress, which it had snapped barely six months ago
on the Tamil Eelam issue. Congress also believes that the Sethu
project will boost its prospects in Tamil Nadu.

“We have been putting pressure on the government to implement the
project. It is a happy outcome,” DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan told
TOI. The party leadership is practical enough to realise that the poll
arithmetic would be better with the national party on its side.

“The UPA government’s stand on the Sethu project will help us explain
to the people why the party is returning to Congress fold after the
brief estrangement,” said a DMK leader.

Tamil Nadu Congress leaders point out that while the Centre’s stand
was bound to make DMK happy, the final verdict would be delivered by
the Supreme Court. Dismissing any political motive behind the
government’s stand on the project in the court, TNCC president B S
Gnanadesikan said, “The government will take a decision not based on
political considerations, but on realities.”

The Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that it
intended to implement the Sethusamundram project without changing the
original alignment that cuts across Adam’s Bridge, considered the
mythical Ram Setu. The affidavit stated the government did not accept
the R K Pachauri committee’s recommendations that the project was
economically and ecologically unviable. It also rejected the Tamil
Nadu government’s stand that project should be scrapped on the ground
that it was of “questionable economic value and not in the public

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had appointed the Pachauri committee
after the Supreme Court asked the government to explore alternative
alignments to avoid destruction of Adam’s Bridge. Hindutva parties
believe it is a natural heritage structure which must be preserved and
can not be sacrificed for navigational advantage and easier movement
of ships.

The Pachauri committee report said the project would be an ecological
disaster. It based its conclusion on factors like ocean currents and
wind speeds. BJP national executive member L Ganesan said the project
could be implemented without destroying or tampering with the Ram


One thought on “Sethu case: SC grants Swamy time to file response

  1. The Bharatiya Janatha Party in Tamilnadu has taken up the task of Projecting Narendra Modi as the Prime minister the country needs at this juncture…..It is also in the process of collecting all the like minded parties in Tamilnadu to come under one roof to protect the interestys of Tamils in Sri Lanka…
    Similarly BJP should take up this cause of RAM SETHU and unite all the like minded religious heads and organisations and make it an election issue to thwart and send to dust bin the unholy and opportunistic alliance of Congress and DMK…
    Jai Shri Ram

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