MP govt backs CBI stand against Bhopal gas verdict

With hardly a week left for the Supreme Court to commence hearing on the CBI’s curative petitions in the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy, the State of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday moved the court seeking permission to join hands with the investigating agency against a 1996 apex court verdict terming the industrial diasaster as a mere act of negligence and not culpable homicide on the part of Union Carbide employees.

A Bench led by CJI SH Kapadia has scheduled the hearing on both curative petitions for April 13 in open court. The Madhya Pradesh government in its application sought to stand by the CBI in the Supreme Court, saying it was duty-bound as a “welfare state” to support the victims.

The CBI squarely blames the Supreme Court Bench led by then Chief Justice of India AM Ahmadi for disregarding prosecution evidence in its September 13, 1996 judgment.

Source: Indian Express

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