Bhopal: The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog
Sangathan (BGPMUS) Wednesday demanded that hearing on the
26-year-old gas tragedy case should be held on a day-to-day
basis in a sessions court here as the victims have been denied
justice for long on account of the usual proceedings.
"Already too much time has been lost in court hearings
and the disaster victims have so far not got any justice and
hence day-to-day hearings have become a must," BGPMUS Convener
Abdul Jabbar said.
The BGPMUS Convener said that following the industrial
disaster more than 20,000 people lost their lives without
seeing the guilty being punished while around five lakh who
were taken ill, are still awaiting when those responsible for
the gas leak in December 1984 would be brought to book.
Jabbar said most of the accused in the case had now
crossed the age of 70 while Warren Anderson who was then CEO
of Union Carbide Corporation is 90.
"Under such circumstances, there was simply no point
in carrying with the usual hearings which go on for years at a
stretch," he said.
The BGPMUS Convener also alleged that attempts were being
made by the Carbide in the Supreme Court to dilute the manner
in which hearings were being held there.
Jabbar also criticised Harish Salve`s opposition to the
CBI plea where the senior counsel had said the criminal
liability cannot be fixed in a curative petition and that the
case should be decided on the basis of law and not on the
basis of facts.