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Timeline | Bhopal gas tragedy and CBI investigation

Timeline | Bhopal gas tragedy and CBI investigation
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First Published: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 12 14 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 10 13 AM IST
2-3 December 1984
Poisonous gas leaks from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal at night, killing 3,500 people within days and thousands more since then
4 December 1984
Police file a case against UCIL and arrest nine.
Chairman and CEO of US-based Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) Warren Anderson is released on bail and leaves India
6 December 1984
Case is transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
February 1985
India files a $3.3 billion claim against UCC in a US court
US district court transfers all litigation to India
1 December 1987
CBI files chargesheet against Anderson, UCIL chairman Keshub Mahindra and seven others. Charges include culpable homicide
February 1989
UCC agrees to pay $470 million as compensation in an out-of-court deal with Indian government
Only a part of the compensation is disbursed among victims. Anderson is declared a fugitive after igonring court summons.
UCC sells stake in UCIL to McLeod Russell (India) Ltd. of Kolkata
13 September 1996
Supreme Court reduces the charge to death by negligence
UCC announces merger plans with US firm Dow Chemicals
UCC declines responsibility for UCIL’s liabilities in India
Court maintains charge of culpable homicide against Anderson and demands his extradition. UK newspaper reports he is in New York, after US authorities say they can’t locate him
India sends formal request for Anderson’s extradition
March 2004
India issues ’No Objection’ certificate to allow Dow Chemicals to clean the soil and ground water at the tragedy site
June 2004
US rejects India’s request for Anderson’s extradition
July 2004
Supreme Court orders the government to disburse the rest of the compensation
25 October 2004
Protest against the government’s failure to pay the compensation
26 October 2004
Supreme court sets 15 November as deadline for payment of compensation. Authorities begin disbursal
22 July 2009
Bhopal court issues new arrest warrant against Anderson. His trial is separated from others
7 July 2010
Local court declares all the eight accused guilty.
They are freed on bail
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First Published: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 12 14 AM IST