Bhopal gas case: Govt to abide by SC decision

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 15:35

New Delhi: The Government Wednesday said it
will "abide" by the decision of the Supreme Court which
dismissed CBI`s curative petition against an earlier apex
court judgement that diluted charges against the accused in
the Bhopal gas disaster case.

"We will go by the decision of the Supreme Court.
After this matter came up, the GoM in its due wisdom decided
to go for the curative petition. After obtaining the opinion
from the learned Attorney General of India, we had filed the
curative petition and the Supreme Court in its wisdom has
dismissed it. We will abide by the decision," Law Minister
Veerappa Moily told reporters.

Asked about the compensation component as well as
punishment to the accused, the Minister said he has to go
through the judgement and pointed out that there are other
petitions also which are yet to be disposed.

He, however, made it clear that the compensation
component was not linked with the curative petition and was a
separate issue.

He said compensation issue was still open. "We have
given more compensation. We have released more money from
Government of India, we came to their rescue," he said.

The CBI and the Madhya Pradesh government filed the
curative petitions after a public outcry over what was
considered as a mild punishment for a tragedy that claimed
over 15,000 lives in December 1984 and had left several
thousands maimed by the leakage of deadly Methyl Isocyanate


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 15:35

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