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VERDICT OF BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY ON JUNE 7

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After 26 years of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which claimed thousands of innocent lives, a local court of Bhopal, trying the case, would pronounce its verdict on June 7. Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P. Tiwari informed that he will pronounce the judgement on the toxic leak from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) factory. After the arguments of prosecution, the CBI, and defence of eight accused drew to a close in the 23-year-old trial. During the trial, 178 prosecution witnesses were examined and 3,008 documents were exhibited. CBI counsel C. Sahay argued that the world’s worst industrial disaster occurred due to defective design of the UCIL’s factory and poor maintenance. Sahay told the court that the Union Carbide Corporation, USA, surveyed the UCIL’s Bhopal factory in 1982 and found serious safety and maintenance lapses on nearly ten counts. The prosecution argued that even the experts’ team of the central government, which visited the UCIL plant after the toxic leak from it in 1984, found that safety norms and maintenance work had not been properly carried out in the factory. On the other hand, the defence counsels D. Prasad and Amit Desai maintained that maintenance and safety norms were properly adhered to in the factory.



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