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1 Mär 2011

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Supreme Court seeks more relief for Bhopal victims

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Union Carbide Corporation, Dow Chemicals and others on the Centre’s extra-ordinary petition seeking an additional compensation of Rs 7,844 crore [$US1.7 billion] for the victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy…The apex court had awarded a compensation of Rs 750 crore [$US470 million] to the victims. Through its curative petition, the Centre has requested SC to take a re-look at the entire evidence and enhance the compensation amount… The bench also decided to hear CBI's curative petition asking the court to restore the stringent charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the accused in the criminal case…[T]he court…fixed April 13 for commencement of the hearing.