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Give Bhopal gas victims their Rs 1503 cr: SC

July 19, 2004 18:18 IST
Last Updated: July 19, 2004 20:58 IST

Twenty years after the deadly Bhopal gas leak claimed 15,000 lives and injured 500,000 more, the Supreme Court on Monday directed that the money deposited by the Union Carbide as compensation with the court be distributed among the victims.

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A bench comprising Justice Shivaraj V Patil and Justice B N Srikrishna passed the order on a petition filed by representatives of 36 affected wards in Bhopal, which had turned into a graveyard after the leakage of deadly
methyl iso-cyante from the Carbide factory on the night of December 2-3, 1984.

The immediate toll was over 4,000, but the figure swelled as people, suffering from the poisonous effects of the gas, continued to die in various hospitals.

The Carbide, on the basis of a settlement reached with the Union government, had deposited $ 470 mn with the Supreme Court.

While claims worth Rs 86 crore have been settled already and another Rs 1100 crore distributed among the victims in one form or the other, the remaining amount lying in the court's custody has grown to Rs 1,503 crore because of accumulation of interest.

The bench directed the welfare commissioner, appointed under the Bhopal Gas Disaster (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985 to disburse the compensation on a pro-rate basis.

The court has sought a report from the commissioner in three months.


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Sub: Give Bhopal gas victims their Rs 1503 cr: SC

What took the supreme court of india so long to pass this judgement,even after thousand of people dead and injured it took 20 yrs for ...

Posted by wellwisher

Sub: Consolation

Though what ever money paid is not enough consolation..I still hope that this money reaches the victims properly. Our political goondas should not steal this ...

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Sub: 20 years On

What good are the deliberations of the Indian justice system which takes 20 years to bring justice. Can anyone explain the loss a family may ...

Posted by kulmohan

Sub: Cost of Compensation... 3 generations of miseries

Dear rediff, This is very heartening to see that people died/ injured are getting compensation at last. They were going on observing anniversery of the ...

Posted by krishna

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Why did it take 20 years for the compensation? What kind of evidence the court was waiting for?

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