Wednesday, August 11, 2010
BJP to hit UPA on Bhopal tragedy in Parliament
New Delhi, Aug 2 (UNI) The BJP is all set to demand a discussion in Parliament on the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy verdict and the safe passage to Union Carbide's former chief Warren Anderson even as the CBI today filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court which had diluted charges in the case.
BJP would demand more compensation for victims of the tragedy and extradition of Anderson to India, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today told reporters.
''Decision to provide meagre compensation of Rs 50,000 to the victims and that too in instalments should be invalidated and a new higher compensation should be fixed,'' the BJP leader said.
She demanded that ''absconding'' Anderson be brought back to face trial in India and punished as per the Indian laws.
The CBI today filed the curative petition in apex court under Article 142 of the Constitution seeking complete justice in the case. The petition challanges the Supreme Court's September 23, 1996 judgement which had diluted the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Anderson and top brass of the Union Carbide to death by negligance. The homicide charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years as against the death-by-negligance charge which entails a maximan sentence of two years.
Speaking after inaugurating a photo exhibition on Bhopal gas tragedy organised by the BJP here, Ms Swaraj called for justice for victims of the tragedy which is estimated to have claimed 15,000 lives since the deadly methyl iso-cynate(MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide's plant in Bhopal in December 1984.
The photographs showcased the sufferings of those hit by the tragedy, especially women and children. ''Everyone wander in crowd clueless but where are the perpetrators who forced us here?'', said a caption to one such photograph.