Monday October 8 2007 14:47 IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a PIL seeking directions to the government to place all the details of Indo-US nuclear deal before Parliament for approval and to declare the joint Indo-US statement on nuclear deal as null and void, if not approved by Parliament.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justices Tarun Chatterjee and RV Raveendran, however noted, "we do not say that these are minor matters. It is a serious matter and the government will take care of all the national interests."
The apex court also observed, "courts cannot direct Parliament either to discuss a treaty or have it placed before Parliament.It is for the constitutional authorities like the Prime Minister and the Lok Sabha Speaker to decide.
"The government has been ably advised by senior scientists and government functionaries. We are in a democracy and in democracy, executive is answerable to Parliament."
Earlier, senior counsel PS Mishra, appearing for the petitioner Anil Chawla, had contended that the nuclear deal would compromise the security of the country. It amounts to complete surrender of decision-making power to the US and hence the details of the deal must be placed before Parliament for ratification.
The petitioner, however, withdrew the petition sensing the mood of the court which was not inclined to entertain the PIL.
The court permitted the petitioner to withdraw his petition and dismissed the same as withdrawn.
During the hearing of the petition, the court told the petitioner to atleast wait till the nuclear treaty is placed before Parliament for its approval.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS