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Once sentenced, cannot be tried again: Nariman on Bhopal case

Noted jurist Fali S Nariman, who had represented Union Carbide in court, Tuesday said those who have been given sentences cannot be prosecuted again for the same crime even if the punishment is light.



New Delhi: As the debate over Bhopal gas
disaster rages on, noted jurist Fali S Nariman, who had
represented Union Carbide in court, Tuesday said those who have
been given sentences cannot be prosecuted again for the same
crime even if the punishment is light.

"Actually it makes no difference whether justice
Ahmadi was right or wrong because... I think what is being
overlooked is Section 300 of the criminal law that says that
once a person has been charged, convicted and sentenced of an
offence which attracts a small term of imprisonment.....

"So long as that sentence stands, he or she cannot be
charged again, tried again," he told TV channels.

On the GoM`s decision to seek extradition of then UCIL
CEO Warren Anderson, he said, "I don`t know. If they want
to...let them do it. That is something which is political. The
people are angry with all that has happened."

Nariman added that he had no opinion on whether
Anderson should be back. "I have nothing to do with him."

Asked about facing criticism for representing Union
Carbide, he said, "There cannot be any justification. Whether
it brings kudos or brickbats, that is a matter of public
opinion."

PTI

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