CBI had just 1 lawyer in Bhopal gas leak case

Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 21:19

Jabalpur: Under fire for weak prosecution in
the 1984 Bhopal gas leak case, CBI Director Ashwini Kumar said
today conceded the agency`s prosecution during trials was not
good.

"Our investigations are normally good in all the cases,
but our prosecution during trials have not been good and we
are going to improve this by deputing more lawyers to put our
side effectively," Kumar, who came here for a function, told
reporters.

He said there was only one CBI lawyer, C Sahay, in Bhopal
gas case from the prosecution side whereas there was a battery
of defence lawyers fielded by the accused.

"Now, we will ensure that there is a panel of at least
five lawyers to deal with big cases," he said.

The CBI Director maintained the agency has done its job
well in Bhopal gas tragedy case and the accused have been
convicted for two years after a scientific investigation.

He said the charges against the accused were amended to
304 (A), which invokes lighter punishment, from 304 II
(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC by the
Supreme Court after CBI filed the case against them.

Kumar said CBI has plans to ensure that investigation
in any case is completed in a year`s time so that the trial
comes to an end within two years.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 21:19

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