Two days before the court verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy, NGOs working for survivors of the 1984 industrial disaster today claimed the CBI has put up a weak case against the accused.
"The CBI has made a weak case against the accused in the world's worst industrial disaster," Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila
Stationary Karmchari Sangh President Rashida Bee told reporters here.
In last two decades, the CBI had failed to present the prime accused, including Warren Anderson, the then Chairman
of Union Carbide Corporation, USA, before the court, she claimed.
"Justice can not be done till these accused are tried," said Bee, who has lost six family members in the disaster
which took place when deadly methyl isocyanate gas and other toxins leaked from the Union Carbide plant 26 years ago.
"The CBI did not challenge the Supreme Court's order which amended the charges to light sections like 304 (A)
(death by negligence) of the IPC from tough sections such as 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the accused in 1996," Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Pursh Sangharsh Morcha President M Irfan said.
The investigating agency also allegedly failed to produce evidence against Keshub Mahindra, then a top executive of the company, and other accused on charges including undermining operational safety, Satinath Sarangi of Bhopal Group of
Information and Action said.