Monday, November 29, 1999

Gas tragedy: Panel for curative petition against SC verdict

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Bhopal, Jun 17 (PTI) A committee constituted by Madhya Pradesh government after the recent judgement on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy today recommended filing of a curative petition in the Supreme Court against its 1996 judgement and formation of a Joint Task Force for extradition of the then Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson. "The five-member committee has recommended for filing a curative petition against the 1996 Supreme Court judgement as the evidence clearly suggests a prima facie case of section 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in the matter as was sought in the charge sheet dated December 1, 1987," Madhya Pradesh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra told reporters after releasing the committee report. In 1996, a two-member Supreme Court bench headed by the then CJI A M Ahmedi converted the CBI charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, that provided for maximum of 10-year imprisonment, to causing death by negligence, which provided for a maximum punishment of only two years. The committee also recommended forming a Joint Task Force with the Central Government and CBI for bringing Anderson to justice, Mishra said. It further said the state should institute a fact-finding body to probe into the events that led to the escape of Anderson from the country. .

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