Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Firms Say – Falling Rupee Can’t Be Basis for Additional Compensation

The Bhopal gas tragedy killed more than 3000 people and caused massive damage to the environment. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the respondents, told the bench that the Indian government had never said during the settlement that the compensation was inadequate.

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on the Centre’s plea

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The successor companies of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) today i.e. January 12 Supreme Court He said that since the compromise between the agency and the Center in 1989, the rupee has depreciated. Bhopal Gas Tragedy Now extra for its victims Compensation There can be no basis for the claim. A five-judge bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul reserved its verdict on the Centre’s curative plea seeking an additional Rs 7,844 crore from the successor entities of UCC to further compensate the victims of the 1984 tragedy.

The Bhopal gas tragedy killed more than 3000 people and caused massive damage to the environment. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the respondents, told the bench that the Indian government had never said during the settlement that the compensation was inadequate. The bench comprises Justice Sanjeev Khanna, Justice Abhay S Oka, Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JK Maheshwari.

He said that it has now been argued in the court that the settlement has become inadequate as the rupee has depreciated. Salve said go back to 1989 and compare…but that (undervaluation) cannot be a basis for overcompensation. 715 crore was settled as a judicial order was passed by a District Judge in 1987.

The apex court also heard senior advocate Sanjay Parikh and advocate Karuna Nandy appearing for the interveners. The Center seeks another Rs 7,844 crore from US-based UCC’s successor entities, in addition to the Rs 715 crore received from the US company as part of the 1989 settlement. The Center had filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court in December 2010 to enhance the compensation.

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On 7 June 2010, a court in Bhopal sentenced seven officials of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) to two years in prison. Warren Anderson, then president of the UCC, was the lead defendant in the case, but did not appear for the trial. He was declared a fugitive by the Bhopal CJM court on 1 February 1992. A Bhopal court issued non-bailable warrants against Anderson twice in 1992 and 2009, before his death in September 2014.

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