A Bhopal court has accepted a revision petition and appeal filed
by the Madhya Pradesh State Government, seeking enhancement of
punishment to the accused of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the world's
worst industrial disaster.
sources the court of District judge Ms Sushma Khosla admitted the
application and appeal and set the next date of hearing in the
case for August 20. The court issued notices to India’s premier
investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation, (CBI), and
all the eight accused in the case.
It may be
recalled here that on June 7 last year, Chief Judicial Magistrate
Mohan P. Tiwari had convicted Keshub Mahindra, the non-executive
former Chairman of UCIL and seven others including Vijay Gokhale,
the then Managing Director of UCIL, Kishore Kamdar, the then Vice
President, JN Mukund, the then Works Manager, S P Choudhary, the
then Production Manager, KV Shetty, the then Plant Superintendent
and SI Qureshi, the then Production Assistant for causing death
due to negligence and had sentenced them to two years of
imprisonment each. All of them were let-off on bail within hours
of the pronouncement of the case.
They were held
guilty under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 304-II
(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 336, 337 and 338
(gross negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
They were also
fined under section 304-A, given imprisonment of three months and
a fine of Rs. 250 under section 336, six months and Rs. 500 under
section 337 and two years and Rs. 1,000 under section 338.
prosecutor Satish Dinkar and Additional Solicitor General Vivek
Tankha argued on behalf of the State.