W.P. (C) 464/2011
Petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010
Common Cause challenged the constitutional validity of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLNDA), 2010, and sought a safety reassessment, and a comprehensive analysis of the long-term cost-benefits, of Indian nuclear plants. The petition also prayed for the establishment of an independent atomic energy regulatory authority in the interest of people’s rights to life and clean environment. After protracted deliberations, the Court partly admitted the petition to the extent of the challenge to the vires of the CLNDA. It stands tagged with the our PIL to bring Nuclear suppliers of Kudankulam nuclear plant under ‘polluter pays’ and ‘absolute liability’ principles in which judgment has been reserved since 2012.