Bhopal: The Sessions Court here today issued
a notice to CBI, the prosecuting agency in the Bhopal Gas
Tragedy case, asking it to present its side in the court
following an appeal by the Madhya Pradesh government seeking
enhancement of the punishment meted out to seven accused in
District and Session Judge Subhash Kakde directed the
CBI to file its reply by July 16.
The CBI is the prosecuting agency in the case but now the
state government too has got into the act after the CJM
court`s verdict on June 7, and wants that the convicts should
get more punishment.
The CJM court on June 7 had awarded two-year imprisonment
and a fine of Rs 1,01,750 each to the then UCIL chairman
Keshub Mahindra, former MD Vijay Gokhle, VP Kishore Kamdar,
Works Manager J Mukund, Production Manager S P Choudhry, Plant
Superintendent K V Shetty and Operator S I Qureshi.
They were awarded the sentence under section 304 A, 336,
337 and 338 read with section 35 of the IPC.
The state government has filed the appeal seeking that
the two-year punishment awarded to the seven convicts be
Judge Kakde issued notice to CBI after hearing the
submission of the state government put forth by additional
solicitor general Vivek Tankha.
Tankha told the court that it was competent to hear the
appeal under section 377 of CrPC against the then CJM Mohan P
Tiwari`s verdict of June 7 in connection with the Bhopal gas
The state government has the right to file the appeal in
the interest of the public, he said.
Tankha is a member of the five-member legal panel formed
by the state government to file an appeal against the CJM`s
court verdict in the case.