New York: US-based Union Carbide Monday
maintained that it was not subject to the jurisdiction of the
Bhopal court that gave its verdict in the 1984 gas disaster
case, insisting that none of its officials were involved in
operation of the plant.
"Union Carbide and its officials were not part of this
case since the charges were divided long ago into a separate
"Furthermore, Union Carbide and its officials are not
subject to the jurisdiction of Indian court since they did not
have any involvement in the operation of the plant, which was
owned and operated by the UCIL (Union Carbide India Limited),"
a company statement said.
Reacting to the Bhopal court verdict, the statement said
by requirement of the Government of India, the Bhopal plant
was detail designed, owned, operated and managed on a
day-to-day basis by UCIL and its employees.
"All the appropriate people from the UCIL -- officers
and those who actually ran the plant on a daily basis -- have
appeared to face charges," it said.