Bhopal tragedy: All convicts get bail

A day after Keshub Mahindra got bail, the remaining six accused were released on a bond of 1L each.

Bhopal: A day after a session court granted
bail to Keshub Mahindra, a convict in the 26-year-old Bhopal
gas tragedy case, the remaining six accused were released
today on a bond of Rs one lakh each.

On June 7, all the seven persons were convicted by CJM
Mohan P Tiwari in the Bhopal Gas tragedy case following which
they filed an appeal against the judgement in the same court.
The District and Session Judge Subhash Kakde has
scheduled the hearing for the appeal on July 27.

Besides Mahindra, the other convicts in the case were the
then managing director of the company Vijay Gokhle, vice
president Kishore Kamdar, works manager J Mukund, production
manager S P Choudhry, plant superintendent K V Shetty and an
operator S I Qureshi.

They were awarded two-year sentence and a fine of Rs
1,01,750 each under different sections of the IPC.
Dow be made liable for Bhopal tragedy: Left

Left party leaders today termed as inadequate the recent compensation announced by the Group
of Ministers (GOM) for Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims and demanded
that Dow Chemicals should be made liable for the tragedy given
that it has taken over Union Carbide.

"The compensation announced by the GoM is inadequate and
Dow Chemicals should own the entire liability for the tragedy
as it has taken over Union Carbide," CPM General Secretary
Prakash Karat said while addressing a meeting here to
highlight the plight of the gas victims.

Dow Chemicals cannot avoid the liability of providing
compensation to the people and cleaning up of the toxic waste
lying at the defunct factory, Karat said, adding that
universally it is an established practice that whenever any
company takes over another, it also takes that company`s
entire liabilities.

He felt the Government should categorically tell the US
that it would not allow American companies to function in the
country if Dow fails to take the responsibility of the gas
"I am sure it will not happen as Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will never say this to US government and also
because of the fact that in the GoM also there are supporters
of Dow and one of them is from Madhya Pradesh," he said.


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