New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday fixed for final disposal a plea challenging the election of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the state assembly for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in the nomination papers. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said that it will list the plea for final disposal on July 23. The bench was hearing a petition filed by one Satish Ukey seeking annulment of Fadnavis’s election to the Maharashtra Assembly on the ground of alleged non-disclosure of all pending criminal cases against him. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Earlier, the apex court had issued a notice to the chief minister on an appeal by Ukey against a Bombay High Court order which had dismissed his plea challenging the election of Fadnavis. The petitioner had alleged that Fadnavis, in his election affidavit filed in 2014, had failed to disclose the pendency of two criminal cases against him. It was contended that the chief minister did not disclose the information as required of him under the election law and the non-disclosure of these two pending criminal cases was in violation of Section 125A of the Representation of People’s Act of 1951 and constituted an offence in itself. The two cases of alleged cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998 but charges were not framed.
TOKYO – The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.The Rokkasho reprocessing plant in northern Japan has raised proliferation concerns because the plutonium it extracts from spent fuel — for the purpose of generating electricity — is enough to make thousands of nuclear bombs.While the plant’s delay could temporarily relieve the proliferation concerns, it also means spent fuel rods that are filling up storage pools in Japan have nowhere to go.Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said it was delaying the targeted completion of the reprocessing plant, which separates plutonium to be mixed with uranium for reuse as fuel, by as much as 2 1/2 years. The plant, initially planned to open in 2000, was most recently set to open in March 2016 following a series of technical problems.JNFL president Kenji Kudo told reporters at the company’s headquarters in Aomori, near Rokkasho, that a separate plant to produce plutonium-based MOX fuel had also been delayed, until sometime during the first half of fiscal 2019.In another sign of uncertainty to Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle ambitions, Japanese regulators have warned the science ministry to replace its scandal-plagued operator of a costly, mothballed plutonium-burning reactor in western Japan.Japan already has about 47 tons of plutonium — 11 tons at home and the rest reprocessed in Britain and France — but no use for it, with most of its reactor fleet offline since the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.U.S. officials say Japan’s reprocessing program sets a bad example and could prompt tension in east Asia.Rokkasho’s operator says around-the-clock U.N. surveillance at the plant would make illegal removal of plutonium impossible.Experts including Frank von Hippel, a Princeton University theoretical physicist and advocate of nonproliferation, have urged Japan to stop spent fuel reprocessing. Von Hippel proposes storing spent fuel in safer and highly protected dry casks instead of uncontained cooling pools as an alternative until a final waste repository is found.The government is promoting nuclear restarts as a vehicle to boost the economy, but also as a way to burn plutonium and reduce the stockpile.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi . Her work can be also found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, spent nuclear fuel rods are stored in a storage pool at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, run by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokasho village in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, that it was postponing the plant’s opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Japan fuel reprocessing plant delayed until 2018 amid concerns over plutonium stockpile by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email