Bhopal tragedy: CBI for enhanced punishment

CBI filed an appeal in the sessions court here, seeking enhancement of the light punishment of two years of imprisonment awarded to convicts, including the then UCIL Chairman Keshub Mahindra, in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 00:42 AM IST

Bhopal: The CBI today filed an appeal in the
sessions court here, seeking enhancement of the light
punishment of two years of imprisonment awarded to convicts,
including the then UCIL Chairman Keshub Mahindra, in the
Bhopal gas tragedy case.

District and Sessions Judge Subhash Kakade will hear the
appeal on July 30.

The light punishment awarded by the trial court in the
world`s worst industrial disaster, that left nearly 15,000
dead, had evoked a national outrage

CBI Inspector R C Khan, accompanied by the agency`s
Assistant Public Prosecutor Hemant Shukla, filed the appeal
against the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) order of June 7
convicting seven former executives of Union Carbide of India
Limited (UCIL) and sentencing them to two years imprisonment.

CBI filed the appeal under section 377 of CrPC.
Besides CBI, Madhya Pradesh government has also filed an
appeal in the sessions court seeking enhancement of the
punishment awarded to the convicts and the case is listed to
be heard on August 2.

On the other hand, the convicts too have challenged the
sentence handed down to them by the CJM court and their plea
will be heard on September 28.

The then CJM Mohan P Tiwari had sentenced the seven
accused to two years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs
1,01750 each on them. All the convicts are out on bail.

PTI

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