The first bench comprising Acting Chief Justice RK Agrawal and Justice M Satyanarayana also dismissed two other petitions, seeking to comply with all 15 directions given by the Apex Court, challenging clearance given by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

On July 17, a petition was filed in the High Court against commissioning of KNPP on the ground that authorities had not complied with the 15 directions laid down by the Apex Court while giving the green signal for the project.

The division bench then posted it for hearing by the first bench which was seized of matters relating to the KNPP. On July 23, the state government had informed the High Court it could not withdraw the criminal cases as the situation in that town was not conducive for doing so.

Advocate General AL Somayaji made a submission in this regard before the first bench, hearing three PILs seeking fulfillment of 15 conditions laid down by the Apex Court. The AG had pointed out the agitators continued their stir even after SC's go ahead to KNPP and they should reciprocate the ruling by agreeing to remain peaceful and allow the plant to operate.

(Agencies)

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