SC to hear Jaya's contempt petition tomorrow

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New Delhi, Aug 3 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow the contempt of court petition filed by AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and others for enforcing Tamil Nadu bandh in support of Sethusamundram Shipping Canal Project on October 1 last year in defiance of the apex court order.

Along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, petition is filed against Union Shipping and Transport Minister T R Baalu and Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary L K Tripathi.

A bench headed by Mr Justice B N Agrawal, in a special sitting on Sunday, had directed the DMK government not to disrupt normal life in the state by backing the state-wide bandh.

Mr Baalu had made some offending remarks against Justice Agrawal for restraining his party from sponsoring Tamil Nadu bandh on October 1, 2007.

The apex court had issued notices to the alleged contemners who delibrately did not take any action against those who forced the bandh and paralysed normal life in the state.

The Chief Secretary of the state gave a statement to a news channel saying that only about 20 buses plied on the road on that day. Majority of the workers and state government employees did not attend offices but no action was taken against them.

A bench comprising Justices B N Agarwal and Mr Justice G S Singhvi will hear the contempt petition on August 4.

Another bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan has already reserved its verdict on petitions seeking declaration that 35 km long Ram Setu is a monument of national heritage and it should not be destroyed for completing 95 km long Setusamundram canal at the estimated cost of Rs 2500 crore.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on July 29 appointed a six-member committee headed by noble prize winner Dr R K Pachauri to look into the suggestion of the Supreme Court to consider alternative route to save Ram Setu also known as Adam's bridge as faith of million of Hindus across the globe is involved.

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