SC leaves Bhopal tragedy victims high & dry; bashes CBI

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Bhopal gas tragedy
New Delhi, May 11: It seems that the victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have been rejected to receive any justice in their own country. Their incurable wounds were left unseen once again.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 11 dismissed the petition filed by CBI to re-open Bhopal gas tragedy case and to convict the seven accused, associated with Union Carbide.

The petition filed by CBI sought restoration of the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder instead of death caused due to negligence against the accused in world's worst industrial disaster that left over 15,000 people dead and thousands maimed.

Besides Keshub Mahindra, former Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) Chairman; Vijay Gokhale, the then Managing Director of UCIL; Kishore Kamdar, then Vice President; J N Mukund, then Works Manager; S P Choudhary, then Production Manager; K V Shetty, then Plant Superintendent and S I Quereshi, then Production Assistant were convicted and sentenced to two years' jail term by a trial court in Bhopal on Jun 7, 2010.

The main accused of the tragedy, Warren Anderson, who was the CEO of Union Carbide when the pesticide plant leaked poisonous gases in Dec 1984 leading to over 15,000 deaths, was declared an absconder 23 years ago.

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