Madhya Pradesh Govt to appeal against Bhopal gas tragedy verdict

      Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced that his government has decided to file an appeal against the verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy case. Addressing media here, Chouhan said the State Cabinet has also decided to constitute a committee to study the legal aspects before going in for the appeal. He said the much-awaited verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy case was "disappointing." Chouhan said the Government would urge the court to increase the sentence of the convicts. After over 25 years after the world's worst industrial disaster that had left over 15,000 people dead, a local court had on Monday convicted all the seven persons, including former Union Carbide Chairman Keshub Mahindra, in the case and awarded them a maximum of two years imprisonment. However, 89-year-old Warren Anderson, the then Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation of USA, who lives in the United States, appeared to have gone scot free for the present as he is still an absconder and did not subject himself to trial. There was no word about him in the judgment delivered by Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P Tiwari 23 years after the trial commenced. The quantum of punishment given to the accused as well as Anderson escaping the judicial process has raised an outcry in the country.

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