A division bench of justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawala directed the government and the Department of Atomic energy to file their affidavits in two weeks in reply to a PIL seeking formation of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the deaths of several nuclear scientists.

The PIL was filed by activist Chetan Kothari, through advocate Ashish Mehta, claiming that India is turning out to be a dangerous place to work for nuclear scientists.

His petition states that over the last few years, a number of India's nuclear scientists have been dying under mysterious circumstances and the police are classifying them either as
'unexplained' or 'suicides'.

"Several decades back many scientists had died because they were not provided suits. Does exposure to nuclear radiation cause cancer which then leads to death? We would like to know if proper security measures have been provided to the scientists," the High Court said. The court further added that if something untoward were to happen in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in suburban Trombay then it would impact all the people of Mumbai.

Kothari had sought information under the RTI in 2010 from the police and public information office seeking list of scientists and employees in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), who had committed suicide during the last 15 years.

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