New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday
accepted the resignation of former Chief Justice of India A M
Ahmadi as the Chairman of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust
(BMHT) and allowed the Centre to take over its management.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and
Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar allowed the
Centre to take steps to wind up the Trust and run the
hospital looking after the victims of the 1984 gas tragedy.
The bench accepted the letter written by Justice
Ahmadi on June 20, 2009 expressing his desire to be relieved
as the Chairman of the hospital.
It appreciated the "good service" rendered by Justice
Ahmadi in running the trust for the last 12 years.
Attorney General G E Vahanvati conveyed the decision
of the Centre to take over the management of the hospital.
Justice Ahmadi, who was part of the SC Benches that
had taken decisions on the Bhopal gas tragedy case, including
the dilution of harsher penal charges in 1996, had written to
the then CJI K G Balakrishnan seeking to be relieved from the
chairmanship of the BMHT.
Justice Ahmadi was appointed as the chairman of the
BMHT on May 15, 1998.
Following a Supreme Court order, the accused company
Union Carbide had set up a trust in London on March 1992 and
Ian Percival was appointed as its sole trustee.
However, after the death of Percival, Bhopal Memorial
Hospital Trust was constituted.
The then Madhya Pradesh government leased out land to
the trust to set up super-speciality centres to treat the
Around 32 health centres including six hospitals were
constructed by the trust.