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SC reopens Bhopal case

SC reopens Bhopal case
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First Published: Tue, Aug 31 2010. 11 00 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 31 2010. 11 00 PM IST
1996 verdict
IPC section 304A: causing death by negligence—two years in prison
2010 reopened case
IPC section 304: culpable homicide not amounting to murder—possible 10 years in prison
• The Supreme Court reopened the Bhopal gas tragedy case on Tuesday after accepting a curative petition by the Central Bureau of Investigation
• In 1996, the apex court had passed a judgement in the case under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)—causing death by negligence—which has a maximum punishment of two years in prison. Many say political pressures led to dilution of charges against the accused
• A special bench comprising Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and justices Altamas Kabir and R.V. Raveendran heard the curative petition at an in-chamber proceeding
• Keshub Mahindra and six others, who were employees of Union Carbide India at the time of the gas leak, have been issued notices to respond by the court
• The petition has been filed under section 304 of the IPC that deals with culpable homicide not amounting to murder
• If the case against the accused succeeds, they can each be given a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison with a fine determined by the court
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First Published: Tue, Aug 31 2010. 11 00 PM IST