The Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangarsh Sahayog Samiti on Monday filed an application in the Madhya Pradesh high court asking it to initiate action against chief secretary Anthony de Sa and Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation department secretary Gauri Singh for perjury.
The respondent officers in their reply to the court on September 16, 2015 have misled the high court by stating that the state has complied with the Supreme Court order of August 2013 and the subsequent high court directives for the healthcare and well being of the surviving Bhopal gas victims, said the Samiti convener ND Jayaprakash.
He demanded action against the respondent officers under section 191 (giving false evidence) and 193 (punishment for false evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for giving false information to the court.
The respondent officers in their reply stated they “have always complied with and obeyed mandatory directives issued by the high court,” the application said.
Jayaprakash said, “if there was any truth at all in the reply of the officers the gas victim organisations would not have been compelled to file the contempt petition in addition to the pending writ petition and now the application for perjury”.
The state government is reneging from its duty to provide appropriate medical care and maintain proper health records of gas victims for the last 31 years, the application said.
Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangthan and Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangarsh Sahayog Samiti are trying to hold the Union and the state governments accountable for the tragedy through filing writ petitions - in 1985 and 1998.
Jayaprakash in the application stated he is shocked and dismayed by the patently false and misleading claims in the reply.
The system to process electronic data of Bhopal gas victims through network of the Bhopal Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Department (BGTRRD) and the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) has not been set as yet. This was mandatory as per the apex court’s directive, the application said.
The application was filed during hearing of the petitions filed by the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangthan, the Bhopal Group for Information and Action and the Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti No.4.