Minister of State for Law CV Shanmugam said that if hydrocarbon project is started without the permission of the Government of Tamil Nadu, criminal case will be filed.

Responding to a question raised by DMK members in the parliament, Opposition Leader MK Stalin said during the legislative session, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had indicated that the hydrocarbon project had been sanctioned in seven locations in Tamil Nadu and that it would be allowed to start in 23 places.

Responding to this, Law Minister CV Shanmugam said the project could not be launched without the permission of the state government, even if the central government gives it permission. The Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy government has formed an expert panel to look into the pros and cons of the issue and take a decision, CV Shanmugam said.

The Minister said that the High Court has clarified the stand of the Government of Tamil Nadu on the hydrocarbon project. The Minister also said that there is room in the law to stop hydrocarbon project in Tamil Nadu without the permission of the state government and if it is violated, it has the right to file a criminal case.