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Bhopal victims oppose govt stand

Bhopal gas tragedy victims on Thursday slammed the Centre's decision of non-intervention in the ongoing case for the clean-up of the contaminated site against the former Union Carbide company in a New York court.

bhopal Updated: Oct 29, 2010 00:55 IST
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Bhopal gas tragedy victims on Thursday slammed the Centre's decision of non-intervention in the ongoing case for the clean-up of the contaminated site against the former Union Carbide company in a New York court.

Following an opinion by the attorney general G.E. Vahanvati, law minister M. Veerappa Moily had said on Wednesday that the government had decided against pursuing the case in the US, “since it was not in the interests of victims and the country”.

An organisation working for the victims of 1984 tragedy, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB), has said the ministry and its law officers have confused the issue.

"The ministry officials have confused the cases related to the matter. They are not clear about the cases pending in the Madhya Pradesh high court, the Supreme Court and the New York court," it has pointed out.

"The issue of water contamination is not at all a ramification of the Bhopal gas leak. Only the issue of enhancing the 1989 compensation settlement and the 1996 judgment of enhancing the punishment against the Indian accused officials can be pursued by through curative petitions in the Supreme Court and high courts", said the ICJB.

"How does the government plan to bring the Union Carbide Corporation-USA and its owner, Dow Chemicals Company to face trial in Indian courts when UCC-USA has been absconding...?"