An additional fund of Rs 7,844 crore has been demanded in the Bhopal gas tragedy to provide compensation to the victims. After hearing on the petition of the Central Government on Tuesday, its hearing has been postponed till Wednesday. The Supreme Court said that Chief Justice SA Bobde will take a decision regarding the bench for hearing the case.
According to the media report, the five-member constitution bench headed by Judge Arun Mishra heard the curative (corrective) petition filed by the Center to increase the compensation amount for the victims. The bench also included Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice Vineet Saran, Justice MR Shah and Justice Ravindra Bhat while Justice S Ravindra Bhat has distanced himself from the hearing. He argued that he had appeared as a lawyer for the central government in the past, after being separated from the case.
In the petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Central Government, an additional amount has been demanded from the successor firm of Union Carbide. The owner of this company is now Dow Chemicals. The Center wants to give an additional Rs 7,844 crore to Union Carbide and other firms in addition to the already fixed amount of Rs 715 crore ($ 47 million) to provide compensation to the affected families. More than three thousand people were killed and more than one lakh people were badly affected by the gas leak at Union Carbide's plant in Bhopal on the night of December 2-3.