Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Supreme Court To Hear Centre’s Plea For Additional Rs 7,844 Crore Fund
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Supreme Court To Hear Centre’s Plea For Additional Rs 7,844 Crore Fund

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A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is scheduled Tuesday to hear Centre's plea seeking Rs 7,844 crore as additional fund from successor firms of U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation for giving compensation to victims of 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy.

The bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, MR Shah and S Ravindra Bhat, will hear the curative petition filed by the Centre for enhanced compensation for the victims.

The Centre is seeking a direction to Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemicals, and other firms for Rs 7,844 crore additional amount over and above the earlier settlement amount of $470 million for paying compensation to the gas tragedy victims.

Over 3,000 people had died in the tragedy due to release of methyl isocyanate gas.

The Union Carbide Corporation gave a compensation of $470 million [Rs 715 crore] after the toxic gas leak from the Union Carbide factory on the intervening night of Dec. 2-3, 1984 killed over 3,000 people and affected 1.02 lakh more.

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