By Vershika Sharma, National Law University, Jodhpur.
The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), though highly debated and controversial, makes India one of the most powerful and toughest nuclear liability regimes in the world, only second to Austria that bans nuclear energy completely. It protects the interests of the nuclear industry and the potential victims of any nuclear catastrophe. The controversies started with its enactment itself in the year 2010 and stirred again during the recent visit of Barack Obama to India in January, 2015, whereby US tried to intimidate Modi into diluting the Act and if that were not done, the US-India Nuclear Agreement (123 Agreements) would not become functional. (more…)