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WoW - Govt not to pursue Bhopal compensation case in US courts

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by abirbec04, Oct 28, 2010.

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  1. abirbec04

    abirbec04 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    New Delhi: The Centre has decided against pursuing the case of Bhopal gas tragedy compensation in US courts, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Wednesday.

    "We have taken a decision not to pursue the case as it is not in the interest of victims and not in the interest of India. We have taken a considered decision. Our courts are
    competent and capable of resolving (the matter)," he told reporters here.

    He was responding to a question on the opinion of the Attorney General that India should not become a party in compensation-related cases in the United States. In an advice to the Group of Ministers on Bhopal tragedy, the AG had asked the Union government not to pursue the Bhopal gas tragedy case in US courts.

    The GoM, which had delved into various aspects of the Bhopal gas tragedy, had sought legal opinion on the possibility of filing cases in US courts to enhance the $ 470 million compensation extracted from Union Carbide in 1989.

    Set up to re-examine the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the GoM, headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, had recommended the central government give additional compensation worth Rs. 1,500 crore to the victims and petition the Supreme Court for a review of its judgment that diluted charges against the perpetrators among other things.

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    How much more damage will the so called grand old party do to this country?
     
  2. ek_indian

    ek_indian Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I know it may not look good as I am blatantly doing a sort of political campeign. But I must say.

    Congress hatao desh bachao (Remove Congress to save the nation)...
     
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  3. deepak75

    deepak75 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Mere Bhai, if by truly removing congress this anomaly can be sorted out then I am with you.

    But at least look at the legal angle that the AG is trying to put forward. Legally the Carbide corporation was limited in its settlement of compensation by Indian law.

    We could have pursued criminal culpability but that window went with the flight of Anderson from India. No court will allow his extradition to India. We cannot even get Headley, forget Anderson.

    So now if you take DOW to court in US (DOW bought UC and hence the historical liabilities). The case falls out. India and Bhopal victims have egg on the face + also any possibility of pushing Carbide via India Supreme Court to cough up the additional compensation also goes out of the window. So it is a lose lose situation. Best to pursue the case against now DOW in India and arrive at a settlement which will benefit the Bhopal gas tragedy victims. India holds a lot of promise for DOW for future. We are huge in the chemicals business and no wonder that DOW set up plant next to Reliance refinery because that is where the biggest one location source of raw material for DOW is. So better for us to arm twist and molly coddle DOW Chemicals in India and obtain an additional compensation rather than damaging the success prospects in US.
     
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  4. AVADI

    AVADI Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Cant expect much from this eunuch government.:hitwall:
     
  5. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    There is nothing to bash congress. The Indian government already lost the case way back in 84 or 85 in the court of Newyork. The reason why the case was lost is that this tragedy happened in India and it will be very difficult for US judges to decided the matter based on Indian circumstances. Also it will be very costly to move all the witnesses to US.

    One thing which you might not know. Had the case been fought in US, we would have got very less compensation or almost no compensation because of the prevailing laws which could have exempted union carbide but the Indian Supreme Court evolved a new doctrine to award compensation to the victims. We must praise Supreme Court for their timely intervention.
     
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    AVADI Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    ^You wouldn't deny that congress mishandled the situation right from the get go.
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Congress government messed up and there is no doubt about that. however the point is related to case in US which was not at all required though we lost anyhow.
     
  8. brain_dead

    brain_dead Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    haha.. do u actually think Indian govt. would do anything about this now ?
    if u would make a list of all the deeds of this party, this "wow" would be nothing.
     
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    abirbec04 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Mishandled? Or deliberately let Warren Anderson leave?? Congress has too much blood on their hands .. nothing is going to wash that off them so easily.
     
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