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ITEM NO. 10               COURT NO. 5             SECTION PIL

            S U P R E M E   C O U R T   O F   I N D I A
                         RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

               WRIT PETITION (CRL.) NO(s). 129 OF 2006

LAXMI                                             Petitioner(s)


UNION OF INDIA  & ORS.                            Respondent(s)

(With appln(s) for permission to file additional documents,  exemption  from
filing O.T. and permission to bring on record the draft of  the  scheme  and
rehabilitation of offence (by acids)  on  women  and  children  by  National
Commission for Women and  office report )
[for final disposal]

Date: 16/04/2013  This Petition was called on for hearing today.


For Petitioner(s)        Ms. Aparna Bhat,Adv.
                         Mr. P. Ramesh Kumar, Adv.

For Respondent(s)

UOI                      Mr. Mohan Parasaran, SG
                         Mr. W.S.A. Qadri, Adv.
                         Mr. Gaurav Dhingra, Adv.
                         Mr. D.L. Chidanand, Adv. for
                         Mr. B.K Prasad, Adv.

                         Ms. Indian Jaisingh, ASG
                         Mr  S Wasim A. Qadri, Adv.
                         Ms. Asha G. Nair, Adv.
                         Ms. Gargi Khanna, Adv.
                         Ms. Sunita Sharma, Adv.
                         Ms. Varuna Bhandari Gugnani, Adv.for
                         Mr. B.V. Balram Das, Adv.

Jharkhand                Mr. Gopal Prasad, Adv.
                         Mr. S. Dutta, Adv.
                      Mr. Arun K. Sinha ,Adv

Haryana                  Mr. Manjit Singh, Adv.
                         Mr. Tarjit Singh, Adv.
                         Mr. Anil Antil, Adv. for
                         Mr. Kamal Mohan Gupta, Adv.

Arunachal Pradesh        Mr. Anil Shrivastava, Adv.
                         Mr. Rituraj Biswas, Adv.

Mizoram                  Mr. K.N. Madhusoodhanan, Adv.
                         Mr. M.T. George, Adv.

Punjab                   Mr. Jayant K. Sud, Adv.
                         Mr. Ujas Kumar, Adv.

Rajasthan                Dr. Manish Singhvi, Adv.
                         Mr. Amit Lubhaya, Adv. for
                         Mr. Irshad Ahmad, Adv.

Manipur                  Mr. Khwairakpam Nobin Singh, Adv.
                         Mr. S.Bioswajit Meitei, Adv.

Gujarat                  Ms. Hemantika Wahi, Adv.
                         Ms. Shubhada Deshpande, Adv.

Meghalaya                Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee, Adv.
                         Mr. S.C.Ghosh, Adv.
                         Mr. S. Bhowmick, Adv.
                         Mr. R.P.Yadav, Adv.

J&K                      Mr Sunil Fernandes, Adv.
                         Ms. Astha Sharma, Adv.
                         Ms. Insha Mir, Adv.
                         Ms. Snigdha Pandey, Adv.

Maharashtra              Ms. Asha G. Nair, Adv.

Bihar                    Mr. Gopal Singh, Adv.
                         Mr. Manish Kumar, Adv.

Tripura                  Mr. Gopal Singh, Adv
                         Mr. Ritu Raj Biswas, Adv.

UP                       Mr. Pramod Swarup, Sr. Adv.
                         Ms. Alka Sinha, Adv. for
                         Mr. Anuvrat Sharma, Adv.

Puducherry               Mr. V.G. Pragasam, Adv.
                         Mr. S. Aristotle, Adv.
                         Mr. Praburamasubramanian, Adv.

Sikkim                   Ms. Aruna Mathur, Adv.
                         Mr.  Yusuf Khan, Adv. for
                         M/s. Arputham, Aruna and Co.

TAMIL NADU               Mr. Subramonium Prasad, ADv.
                         Mr. M. Yogesh Kanna, Adv.

ASSAM                    Ms. Vartika Sahay Walia, Adv. for
                         M/s. Corporate Law Group

KARNATAKA                Mr. V.N. Raghupathy, Adv.

UTTRAKHAND               Mr. Prateek Dwivedi, Adv.
                         Mr. Jatinder Kumar Bhatia, Adv.

Himachal Pradesh Mr. Suryanaryana Singh, Adv.
                         Ms. Pragati Neekhra, Adv.
                         Mr. Ajay Marwah, Adv.
                         Mr. Arun K. Sinha, Adv.

Goa                      Mr. Pratap Venugopal, Adv.
                         Mr Gaurav Nair, Adv.
                         Ms. Debarshi Bhuyan, Adv.

Nagaland         Ms. K. Enatoli Soma, Adv.

Chhattisgarh             Mr. Atul Jha, Adv.
                         Mr. Sandeep Jha, Adv. for
                         Mr. Dharmendra Kumar Sinha, Adv.

West Bengal              Mr. Avijit Bhattacharjee, Adv.
                         Mr. Bikas Kargupta, Adv.
                         Ms. Sarbani Kar, Adv.

U.T. of Chandigarh       Mr. Sangram S. Saron, Adv.
                         Mr Shree Pal Singh, Adv.

A.P.                     Mr. D. Mahesh Babu, Adv.
                         Mr. Mayur R. Shah, Adv.
                         Ms. Suchitra Hrangkhawl, Adv.
                         Mr. Amjid Maqbool, Adv.
                         Mr Amit K. Nain, Adv.
                         Mr. M. Bala Shivudu, Adv.

                         Mr. Amarendra Bal, Adv.
                      Mr. P. Parmeswaran ,Adv

                      Mr. Radha Shyam Jena ,Adv

                      Mr. D. Mahesh Babu ,Adv
                         Mr. Mayur Shah, Adv.
                         Ms. Suchitra, Adv.

                      Mr. Ajay Sharma ,Adv
                         Mr. Rajeev Sharma, Adv.
                         Ms. Neelam Sharma, Adv.

                     Mr. S. Thananjayan ,Adv

           UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
                               O R D E R

                 Tragic incidents  of acid attacks continue to happen.   One
      of the main reasons for this is easy availability of  acid  in  retail
      across the counter.  The matter has been pending before this Court for
      the last seven years.  But, neither the  Central  Government  nor  the
      State Governments/ Union Territories have been able  to  address  this
      grave issue.
      2.         This Court may consider suggestion of the  learned  counsel
      for the petitioner to ban retail sale of acid completely on  the  next
      date if the State Governments/ Union Territories are not able to  come
      out with some adequate scheme that restricts sale of acid in retail.
      3.         Mr. Mohan Parasaran, learned Solicitor General assures   us
      that the Central Government will take up the  matter  with  the  State
      Governments/ Union Territories  and  come  out  with  a  draft  scheme
      acceptable to all the State  Governments/  Union  Territories  or  for
      consideration of such scheme by this Court.
      4.          We   expect   the   Chief   Secretaries   of   the   State
      Governments/Administrators of the Union Territories to take  proactive
      role and assist the Court in finding a solution to the  grave  problem
      of acid attacks, particularly retail sale of acid.
      5.         List the matter  for further hearing on July 9, 2013.

        |(Pardeep Kumar)                        | |(Renu Diwan)                          |
|Court Master                           | |Court Master                          |


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