Centre to manage Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust

The government has decided to take over the management of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust (BMHT), which is involved in the treatment of the victims of the 1984 gas leak tragedy.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 19:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The government has decided to take
over the management of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust
(BMHT), which is involved in the treatment of the victims of
the 1984 gas leak tragedy and this is likely to be conveyed to
the Supreme Court on Monday.

Official sources said that the Madhya Pradesh
government has no objection to Centre`s decision.

"The government has taken a decision to manage the
hospital and the statement in this regard is likely to be made
by a top law officer in the apex court," the sources said.

The decision was taken in the backdrop of a letter of
June 20, 2009, written by former Chief Justice of India A M
Ahmadi, who is the chairman of the BMHT.

Justice Ahmadi, who was part of the SC Benches in the
decisions on Bhopal gas tragedy that included 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 the chairman of the
BMHT on May 15, 1998.

Following a Supreme Court order, 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
victims.

Around 32 health centres including six hospitals were
constructed by the trust.

PTI