In a major setback to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case, the Supreme Court dismissed the Centre's 2010 plea seeking an additional Rs 7,400 crore as compensation for the victims.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed the Centre’s 2010 plea seeking an additional Rs 7,400 crore as compensation for the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims. Along with this, the court has pulled up the Center for not preparing an insurance policy for the victims as per its undertaking given to the court earlier.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a curative petition filed by the Center in 2010 seeking additional compensation of Rs 7,400 crore from the successor companies of Union Carbide for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. The court said that this petition is not maintainable under law and the facts of this case also do not have any strength.
In its petition, the central government had sought a direction to the successor companies of UCC to pay an additional compensation of Rs 7,844 crore to the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
On this, the Supreme Court said that the amount of Rs 50 crore lying with the RBI for the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy should be used by the government to settle the pending claims.
The petition, filed in December 2010, sought a re-examination of the apex court’s February 14, 1989 verdict, which fixed a compensation of US$470 million (Rs 750 crore). According to the central government, the earlier settlement was based on incorrect assumptions on the number of deaths, injuries and damage, and did not take into account the subsequent environmental damage. This compensation was based on an earlier figure of 3,000 deaths and 70,000 injuries. In the curative petition, the death toll is 5,295 and the number of injured people is 527,894.