Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

SC to hear Centre's plea seeking additional funds as compensation to Bhopal Gas tragedy victims on Feb 11

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2020 13:51 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that a "different combination" of a five-judge bench will hear on February 11 a curative plea filed by the Central government seeking additional funds of Rs 7,844 crore from successor firms of US-based Union Carbide Corporation for compensation to the victims of 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy.
Justice Arun Mishra, heading a five-judge Constitution bench, said that a different combination of the bench will hear the case on February 11.
The development comes after Justice S Ravindra Bhat, who was part of a five-judge constitution bench hearing the petition, offered to recuse himself from hearing the matter as he had appeared as a counsel for one of the parties in the matter earlier.
Earlier, a five-judge bench comprising of justices Arun Mishra, Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, MR Shah, and Ravindra Bhat was set to hear the matter.
The petition seeks additional compensation of Rs 7,413 crores from the successor firms of Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemicals, and a re-examination of the apex court's February 14, 1989 judgment which had fixed compensation at USD 470 million.
The central government reportedly stated before the Supreme Court that the earlier settlement was based on incorrect assumptions on the number of deaths, injuries, and losses.
The Bhopal gas tragedy, touted as the world's worst industrial disaster, had claimed the lives of several thousand people after a deadly gas leaked from the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984. (ANI)

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