Plea for harsher punishment to Bhopal gas convicts admitted

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 00:41

Bhopal: Admitting the CBI plea for raising
the quantum of punishment awarded to those responsible for
Bhopal Gas tragedy, the District and Session court here today
fixed November 30 as the next date of hearing in the case.

CBI has filed an appeal in the court of District and
Sessions Judge, Subhash Kakde, against the then Chief
Judicial Magistrate, (CJM) Mohan P Tiwari`s verdict in the
Bhopal Gas Tragedy case on the ground that the quantum of
sentence awarded to the convicts was inadequate and it should
be enhanced, given the seriousness of the crime.

Additional Solicitor General, Mohan Parashar, said the
sentence awarded by the CJM court in the case was inadequate
in view of the seriousness of the crime.

The District Judge also fixed October 18-19 as the next
date of hearing in a related case separately filed by the NGOs
seeking harsher punishment for the convicts.

On the plea challenging the CJM court judgement, filed by
the then Chairman of the Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL),
Keshub Mahindra and others, the court fixed October 30 as the
next date of hearing. Mahindra and others have sought
exemption from appearing in the court.

Mahindra and seven others were sentenced to two years
imprisonment by the CJM in a judgement given on June 7. The
Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on the intervening nights of
December 2-3, 1984 killing thousands of persons and maiming a
large number of people.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 00:41
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