Union Carbide trial may begin, MP HC lifts stay
Bhopal: The MP high court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Dow Chemicals International Private Limited (DCIPL) challenging the trial court order of January 6, 2005. Meanwhile, the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the world’s worst industrial accident have welcomed today’s Madhya Pradesh High Court decision to lift the stay against summoning of The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC), USA, in the criminal case of December 1984 gas disaster.
The Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) said that it was a victory of their legal action in this matter after 8 years.
On Feb 26, 2004 BGIA had filed an appeal in the Chief Judicial Magistrate court, Bhopal asking that TDCC be summoned to show cause why it won’t produce its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation (UCC)-USA before the Bhopal court in the criminal case. UCC-USA has been absconding since Feb 1992. On Jan 6, 2005 CJM, Bhopal ordered that summons should be issued to TDCC, USA.
Since then, the case has come before more than 10 judges including Justices Sungandhi Lal Jain, Suresh Chandar Sinho, P.K. Jaiswal, U.C. Maheshwari, M. A. Siddiqui, Rakesh Saxena, Tarun Kumar Kaushal, N.K. Gupta, R.C. Mishra and G.S. Solanki who finally passed the order.
In the last 20 years, the CBI has not made an attempt to produce absconding UCC-USA in court. The Union carbide tragedy happened on the night of December 2, 1984 virtually killing 3000 people.