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10 Jul 2009

Press Trust of India

"No extra legal rights" for MNCs over Indian people: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has held that a multinational firm cannot claim any "extra legal rights over Indian people" and they are allowed to carry on their business subject to Indian laws. The Court's observation came while rejecting a plea by US-based Dow Chemical Industries Private Ltd, formerly Union Carbide, to restrain organisations campaigning for justice for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy victims from "obstructing the company from functioning smoothly"…Dow had sought an injunction to restrain [International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal] and others from picketing, holding demonstrations outside its office in Guindy here, harassing and preventing employees from entering or leaving the premises.