Former Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra and four others, who were convicted on June 7 in the Bhopal gas leak case, were on Tuesday granted bail by a local court.
UCIL former managing director Vijay Gokhle, former vice president Kishore Kamdar, former works manager J Mukund and former production manager S P Choudhry were granted bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate R V Singh.
Former plant superintendent K V Shetty and former operator S I Qureshi, who were also convicted, did not get bail today as they were not present in the court.
The convicts had filed an appeal in the sessions court against the June 7 verdict which had directed them to seek bail from the chief judicial magistrate. They were sentenced under sections 304 A, 336, 337 and 338, read with Section 35 of the Indian Penal Code, under which they were awarded two years imprisonment and a fine of over Rs 1 lakh.
While talking to reporters outside the court, Mahindra said he wanted to do some work for the gas victims. "I have been saying for last 20 years that it is my desire to do something concrete for the gas victims," Mahindra said.
However, he did not accept the charges framed against him in the 1984 Bhopal gas leak case. Mahindra said he had resigned from the membership of a business committee set up by the prime minister as he did not consider it proper to continue.