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Gas survivors hail US court verdict

A GROUP of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors? organisations have hailed the decision of Judge John F Keenan of District Court in New York directing steps towards ?discovery proceedings? against Eveready Industries India Limited (EIIL) that took over the Union Carbide.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:03 IST

A GROUP of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors’ organisations have hailed the decision of Judge John F Keenan of District Court in New York directing steps towards ‘discovery proceedings’ against Eveready Industries India Limited (EIIL) that took over the Union Carbide.

A press release issued by the organisations mentioned that on January 10, Judge Keenan issued a ‘letter rogatory’ for obtaining internal documents from the EIIL that could potentially establish the nexus between this Indian company and the Union Carbide USA and Dow Chemicals, USA. The organisations have congratulated their attorney Himanshu Ranjan Sharma for getting this decision.

While there is no Indian legislation that could compel private companies to disclose their internal documents, American law provides for ‘discovery proceedings’ wherein a corporation is legally bound to reveal these documents to the plaintiffs (litigants).

The survivors’ organisations including the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 14:03 IST