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Bhopal Panel To Ask Supreme Court For Review Of Verdict

The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted on the Bhopal gas tragedy, which met for the third time on Saturday, is likely to petition the Supreme Court for a review of earlier judgments on Bhopal, sources

PTI [ Updated: June 20, 2010 9:06 IST ]
bhopal panel to ask supreme court for review of verdict
bhopal panel to ask supreme court for review of verdict

The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted on the Bhopal gas tragedy, which met for the third time on Saturday, is likely to petition the Supreme Court for a review of earlier judgments on Bhopal, sources told a TV channel.

"We discussed all the pending legal issues. We also discussed the various legal options in the light of the court judgement," said P Chidambaram, Home Minister and Chairman, GoM on Bhopal.

In legal terms that would mean filing a curative petition against the Supreme Court judgement since a revision petition has already been rejected earlier.

In 1996, the Supreme Court reduced the charges to the level of a road accident.

Sources have also told that the GoM on Bhopal has decided to move the Supreme Court to take over the Bhopal trust Hospital in view of the reducing funds given by Union Carbide after the disaster.

Interestingly, former Supreme Court judge A M Ahmadi, who was one of the two member bench that had watered down the charges against Union Carbide, is the chairman of this trust at the moment.

Sources also say that it has been decided that a new research centre will be set up under the Indian Council of Medical Research to study how the surviving gas leak victims can be treated.

The GoM has also reportedly accepted the Law Ministry's view holding Dow Chemicals liable for clean-up at the Bhopal site.

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