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SC refuses to pass order banning entry of S S Norway

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) The Supreme Court today refused to ban the entry of S S Norway, containing about 125 metric tonnes of toxic asbestos, into the Indian territorial waters and referred the matter to the expert committee.

A bench comprising Mr Justice Arijit Pasayat and Mr Justice Markandey Katju today refused to pass any order saying it would consider the issue of staying the entry of the ship after hearing the expert commitee's views on the matter.

The court fixed the next date of hearing the case for July.

The ship is presently heading towards Alang port, where it will be broken into scrap.

Bangladesh has already refused the permission to the ship to enter its territorial waters.

The expert committee was appointed by the apex court to suggest guidelines for ship-breaking in future to ensure the safety of public health as well as environment protection.

Earlier, the French government had to recall its ship 'clemenceau' containing similar toxic substance after it was not allowed to enter Indian territorial waters following the Supreme Court's intervention.


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