SC resumes Bhopal Gas case, notices to accused

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Bhopal Gas tragedy
New Delhi, Aug 31: On a curative petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Supreme Court resumed the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case on Tuesday, Aug 31 and issued notices against the seven accused involved in the case.

CBI sought enhancement of the sentence to the seven people in the gas leak case in which more than 15,000 people were killed and over 5 lakh seriously affected.

On Aug 2, 2010, CBI filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court seeking restoration of stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which attracts maximum punishment of a 10-year jail term, against the accused in the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy case.

In 1996, in which court reduced the charges against the Carbide executives from culpable homicide not amounting to murder to criminal negligence. The former Carbide men will now have to answer why the charges against them should not be beefed up.

In Jun 2010, a Bhopal court, on the basis of these charges, sentenced the men to two years in jail, however, they were granted bail immediately.

The decision by the court infuriated the country and the people urged the government to increase the punishment and the compensation for the families of victims who died, as well as for surviving victims.

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