Appeal from condemned Union Carbide officials to district judge to withdraw from business

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): At the third de novo hearing of the criminal appeals filed in connection with the Bhopal gas tragedy, an application was filed on Friday in the court of Bhopal District Judge Giribala Singh. The request by former Union Carbide Company (UCC) employees Satya Prakash Choudhary, J Mukund and Kishore Kamdar asked the district judge to withdraw from hearing their appeals and transfer it to another judge . The appellants are among seven convicted in cases relating to the Bhopal gas disaster.

They said that Giri Bala Singh served as deputy gas welfare commissioner for four years from 1997 and therefore cannot expect justice from her.

Lawyer Ajay Gupta said: “We have filed a claim in his court, asking him to step down on this grounds and transfer the appeal cases to another court. November 30 is the next hearing date to rule on our request, ”he added.

In 2010, then Chief Justice Mohan Tiwari convicted Keshub Mahindra, then non-executive chairman of Union Carbide India Ltd, managing director Vijay Gokhale, vice chairman Kishore Kamdar, construction manager J Mukund , production manager SP Choudhary, factory manager KV Shetty. and production assistant SI Qureshi in the case concerning the leak of methyl isocyanate gas from the Bhopal plant on the night of December 2-3, 1984. All were sentenced to two years in prison.

They appealed against the trial court’s judgment to a district judge who granted them bail.

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Posted on: Friday November 26th, 2021 19:47 IST

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