CBI chief called to GOM on Bhopal to discuss fresh probe

Last Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 23:00

New Delhi: CBI Director Ashwani Kumar was
on Saturday called by the Group of Ministers on Bhopal gas tragedy
for discussing the possibility of reinvestigating the world`s
worst industrial disaster that killed more than 15,000 people
in 1984.

Sources said Kumar was called for the second session of
GOM meeting today when the pros and cons of reopening the case
were considered in the light of the accused getting away with
light punishment.
The GOM headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram had already
in the morning discussed the possibility of government
approaching the Supreme Court with a curative petition against
the dilution of charges in Bhopal gas leak case.

The curative petition issue is said to be high on the
priority list of the GoM in the light of country-wide outrage
witnessed after the June 7 judgement of the Bhopal trial court
which gave two years imprisonment to all the accused, sources
said.
The GoM is also understood to have gone over the
possibility of seeking the extradition of Union Carbide chief
Warren Anderson who is a proclaimed offender but has not faced
the trial in the case.

The GOM, which meets tomorrow also, is expected to
finalise tits report for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on
Monday.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 23:00

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