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MarxistIndia, PB on Bhopal gas case verdict
From: MarxistIndia
http://www.cpim.org , mailto:marxistindia@cpim.org 

News from the cpi(m)
June 8, 2010

Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
has issued the following statement:

The Bhopal Gas case verdict, which after twenty-five years
awards a sentence of just two years to the culprits, is a
travesty of justice that shames India and insults the
memory of the thousands killed. The verdict is the
culmination of a deeply flawed process involving the
culpability of Governments, investigative agencies and even
the highest court of the land. These institutions
compromised the interests of the country and the victims,
diluting the charges, enabling the American CEO Warren
Anderson to escape, and limiting liability to a paltry
compensation of only 470 million dollars. These are acts of
connivance to help the powerful US company and its Indian

The culprits are now all out on bail and will use the
judicial process further to avoid serving even this
inadequate sentence. The Government must immediately appeal
against the verdict, press for enhancement of sentences and
create a process by which justice can be speedily ensured. 

The Bhopal disaster and the utterly flawed legal framework
shows how the American suppliers and owners have escaped
any criminal liability. In this context the Civil Nuclear
Liability Bill which excludes foreign suppliers from any
liability may help more Warren Andersons. The Bill limits
compensation to even less than the paltry Bhopal
settlement. Pushing ahead with the Nuclear Liability Bill
means playing with the safety and interests of the Indian

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