Bhopal gas tragedy: Hearing adjourned on pleas to make Dow Chemical an accused

A Bhopal court on Saturday adjourned till January 6 the hearing on pleas by the CBI and others seeking prosecution of Dow Chemical for the 1984 gas tragedy. It is widely considered to be the world’s worst industrial disaster. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide, whose factory caused thousands of deaths due to a gas leak on the night of December 2-3, 1984. Dow Chemical is headquartered in Michigan, USA. The American multinational company argued that the case did not fall under the jurisdiction of the Bhopal court, after which First Class Judicial Magistrate Vidhan Maheshwari on Saturday adjourned the hearing till January 6.

The petitioners said the Madhya Pradesh High Court had ruled on the jurisdictional issue in 2012 and thus barred Dow Chemical from the case, lawyer Avi Singh of the organizations working for the victims of the gas tragedy told PTI. will be granted, he should be made an accused. Advocates led by Senior Supreme Court Advocate and former Advocate General of Chhattisgarh Ravindra Srivastava and Sandeep Gupta presented the company’s side.

A lawyer representing Dow Chemical told PTI that the case does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Bhopal court as the multinational company operates under international law. He said, we also told the court that the High Court has not decided on the issue of jurisdiction. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Bhopal Group for Information and Action and other organizations have argued in their petitions that since Dow Chemical owns Union Carbide, it should be made an accused in the criminal case.

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