UCC officials deny criminal charges
A LOCAL court today recorded the statement of the then production assistant of Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) and local company representative in a criminal case related to 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 15:47 IST
A LOCAL court today recorded the statement of the then production assistant of Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) and local company representative in a criminal case related to 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Anil Gupta recorded statements of UCIL production assistant S I Quereshi and local company representative A K Shrivastava, who refuted the criminal charges.
CBI had produced charge-sheet against 12 entities, including seven Indians and foreign companies, on the basis of statements of around 178 witnesses.
The court had yesterday recorded statements of the then UCIL works manager J Mukund and plant superintendent K V Shetty.Mukund had earlier told the court that leakage of gas had never taken place in the UCIL factory here before the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, but its workers had been trained to take necessary precautions in the event of any leak.
Apart from Quereshi, Shetty and Mukund, Indians accused in the case include former UCIL Chairman Keshub Mahindra, Managing Director Vijay Gokhale, production manager S P Choudhury and vice-president Kishore Kamdar.
Charges were also levelled against Union Carbide Corporation, its Asian subsidiary Union Carbide (Eastern) and former UCC chairman Warren Anderson.