New Delhi: A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will pronounce its judgment on a curative petition to impose harsher criminal charges on those accused in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case. The government had moved two curative petitions, criminal and civil (for additional compensation) before the Supreme Court on December 2010 on the 26th anniversary of the industrial disaster, which claimed 15,000 lives during and after the event.
The CBI asked the court to restore the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder instead of death caused due to negligence. The former could attract a possible ten-year imprisonment.
Seven executives of Union Carbide India Limited, including Kesub Mahindra were convicted and sentenced to a two-year term in June 2010, causing a nation-wide outrage. Then a group of union ministers was formed and they decided to file the curative petitions.