Saturday, April 16, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will comply with a government order and pay nearly ¥50 billion in provisional compensation to about 50,000 households forced to leave
Japan's 30-km evacuation zone around the crippled No. 1 nuclear plant. Fukushima
Tepco said it will pay ¥1 million to multiperson households and ¥750,000 to singles and will attempt to distribute the money before the Golden Week holidays from late April to early May.
The company will distribute application forms to evacuees and people at evacuation shelters, who must then mail them back or give them directly to Tepco workers at evacuation centers, Tepco said.
The beleaguered utility will also set up a call center for the compensation payments on April 28.
To prevent radiation contamination, residents within a 20-km radius of
Fukushima No. 1 and within 10 km of No. 2 further to the south, were told to evacuate. Fukushima
The band between 20 and 30 km of
No. 1 was designated as a stay-indoors area. Fukushima
Earlier Friday, a government team attempting to measure the economic damage caused by the nuclear crisis ordered Tepco to make the provisional compensation.
How the government and Tepco will share the total compensation is unclear.
Trade minister Banri Kaieda, meanwhile, repeated that the government's position is that Tepco is primarily responsible for redress.
In the afternoon, Tepco President Masataka Shimizu announced that the utility will issue compensation based on the government's decision.
"We would like to pay necessary interim expenses as provisional compensation that will hopefully be of some help to the affected people," he said at the utility's headquarters.
Asked how the company plans to compensate farmers and fishermen whose products have been banned and others whose produce has been snubbed due to radiation rumors, Shimizu again avoided specifics and merely repeated that compensation would be offered in accordance with the law once the damage assessment has been outlined.
16 April 2011, 1:15 am
From the Hindu:
Friends, family members and Union Ministers on Friday hailed the Supreme Court order granting bail to rights activist Binayak Sen, with his lawyer Ram Jethmalani saying the verdict was an endorsement of the right to freedom of speech as “a principle of democracy.”
Union Minister Salman Khurshid expressed happiness over the court decision to release Dr. Sen, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition by a Chhattisgarh Court for helping Naxals set up a network, while Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily termed it an “eye opener” for the State government.
“Satyameva jayete’ [truth alone triumphs]…. My faith in the judicial system is restored,” said Dr. Sen’s ailing mother Anasuya, 84, in West Bengal’s Nadia district, pointing that the verdict coincided with the Bengali New Year.
Describing her son as “a Gandhian,” she said Dr. Sen “never believed in violence.”
“Our family was all shattered but now we are all very happy. I’m looking forward to go to Chhattisgarh and meet my father,” said Aparajita, his daughter.
Mr. Jethmalani said: “I must confess this is one of the cases where I am personally very happy about what has happened in the Supreme Court.
“It almost establishes a matter of great principle of democracy that everybody has the right to exercise his right to freedom of speech.
“Sen is not involved in any kind of violence nor has he fed anyone to resort to violence… Literature is available at everybody’s home and I’ll tell you there is much more dangerous literature at my house.
“Politicians must understand these things but it is unfortunate that they don’t,” said Jethmalani emphasising that mere possession of literature did not make one Maoist.
Echoing his views, Dr. Sen’s wife Ilina cited the observation by one of the judges on the bench that mere possession of Gandhian literature does not make one a Gandhian.
“I thank the judges who commented that finding works of Gandhiji with someone does not make the person a Gandhian.” said Ms. Ilina, adding that she felt extremely relieved after the apex court order.
Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said: “It is an eye-opener. The Chhattisgarh government should have applied its mind objectively and properly without any prejudices. And when the case is in the highest court of the country, it is all the more reasons to be more careful.”
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said his government “respects” the court decision.
“The Supreme Court has only granted him the bail. The pending legal process will continue in the High Court at Bilaspur.
“Whatever the final verdict be, we will respect that decision too,” the Chief Minister of the BJP-ruled State said.
CPI leader D. Raja demanded that the State government withdraw the cases “foisted” on Dr. Sen. He claimed that a number of his party leaders and cadres were in prison in Chhattisgarh and demanded their immediate release.
Special Correspondent reports:
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram expressed happiness with the Supreme Court order.
“I am happy to know that Binayak Sen has got bail from the Supreme Court. I have always believed that if one is not satisfied with a lower court order, one can get reprieve by approaching a higher court,” he told journalists here on Friday.
After Dr. Sen was convicted, Mr. Chidambaram stated that the trial court’s judgment might be unsatisfactory to many persons, but the only way to “correct” it was through an appeal.
Keywords: Binayak Sen, Supreme Court order.
15 April 2011, 9:25 pm
From the Supreme Court of India:
ITEM NO.49 COURT NO.7 SECTION IIA
S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Crl) No(s).2053/2011
(From the judgement and order dated 10/02/2011 in IA No. 1/2011 in
CRLA No. 20/2011 of The HIGH COURT OF CHATTISGARH AT BILASPUR)
STATE OF CHHATISGARH Respondent(s)
(With appln(s) for exemption from filing O.T.,bail,BRINGING ON
RECORD ADDL. FACTS and office report )
Date: 15/04/2011 This Petition was called on for hearing today.
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE HARJIT SINGH BEDI
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE CHANDRAMAULI KR. PRASAD
For Petitioner(s) Mr. Ram Jethmalani,Sr.Adv.
M/s. lata Krishnamurthy,R.N.Karanjawala,
Manik Karanjawala, Sandeep Kapur,
Shivek Trehan, Udit Mendiratta,
Nitya Ramakrishnan and Rahul Kripalani
and Akhil Sachar,Advs.for
M/S. Karanjawala & Co.
For Respondent(s) Mr. Mukul Rohtagi,Sr.Adv.
Mr. Atul Jha,Adv.
Mr. Sandeep Jha,adv.
Mr. Rana Mukherjee,Adv.
Mr. Merusagar Samantaray,Adv.
Mr. Vikramjit Banerjee,Adv.
Mr. Rajiv Singh,adv.
UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R
We have heard the learned counsel for the parties
at very great length. Lest we should prejudice any
party. We are not giving any reasons for our order. We
however direct that the sentence on the petitioner be
suspended, and he be released on bail to the
satisfaction of the Trial Court.
The SLP is disposed of.
[SUMAN WADHWA] [VINOD KULVI]
COURT MASTER COURT MASTER
The Supreme Court grants bail to social activist Binayak Sen here on Friday. While granting the bail to Sen, court observed that supporting the cause of naxals can not be compared with sedation. The court rejects sedation charge against him.
It may be recalled that Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition and links with Naxalites. Sen, 61, has challenged the order of Chhattisgarh high court, which had rejected his bailplea on February 10.
He says the trial court erred in convicting him when there was no substantial evidence against him. Opposing Sen`s bail plea, the Chhatisgarh government filed an affidavit saying Sen has deep links with hardcore Naxalites.
"He (Sen) provides active support and co-ordinates in spreading the base of CPI-Maoist in the country. Apart from providing logistic support, he exchanges information and material with Naxalites," the affidavit said.
Meanwhile, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid welcomed the Supreme Court`s decision to grant bail to Binayak Sen, who has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court for sedition and helping Naxalites.
"I think the circumstances in which the bail has been granted should be welcomed," Khurshid told reporters here. He said a general impression was gaining ground that the treatment meted out to Sen was not correct.
"The kind of support Binayak Sen has got across the country and the number of scholars standing behind him... a general impression was gaining ground that the treatment meted out to Sen was not correct," he said.
"Although, there is another aspect that a large number of people believe that there should be no compromise on the issue of security when it is concerned with a serious issue like Maoist, but right now his getting bail should be welcomed,” he said.