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23 Jan 2015

Gopal Krishna, ToxicsWatch Alliance

Why Prime Minister must raise issue of Dow’s liability for Bhopal disaster with the US President

Now that Barack Obama, President of USA will be in New Delhi as chief guest on the Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must raise the issue of accountability of Dow Chemicals Company...He must raise the issue of fugitive corporations Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) and UCC Kowloon’s successor which are absconding from Indian law. They are Dow’s subsidiary corporations. Obama’s intervention can ensure that they are made appear in the Indian court. The US District Court had subjected them to Indian jurisdiction...Obama must be told about the double standards adopted by Dow which has set aside $2.2 billion to address future asbestos-related liabilities arising out of the UCC’s acquisition. Dow which purchased UCC and its Indian investments is denying inheriting any liability for the Bhopal disaster.

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