Plea to review GM Mustard appraisal process, respect moratorium say senior judges, bureaucrats

Concerned over appraisal process of GM mustard, several retired judges and bureaucrats today alleged that the country’s biotech regulator is making a “mockery” of it and demanded independent scrutiny and transparent public participation in decision-making process.

In a letter to Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, they demanded that moratorium on GM mustard be imposed, all the biosafety data be uploaded online by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) and at least 120 days after that be provided for public responses.

 

Among the signatories are Armaity S Desai, former chairperson, UGC, Sujata Manohar, former judge of Supreme Court, Sam N Variava, former Supreme Court judge and Justice Ruma Pal, Former Supreme Court judge.
The names also include S K Misra, former secretary agriculture, T S R Subramanian, former cabinet secretary and KR Venugopal, former secretary to the Prime Minister.