(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Bhopal Verdict Shows Govt’s
The Polit Bureau of the
Communist Party of India
(Marxist) issued the following statement on June 8, 2010.
verdict, which after twenty-five years awards a sentence of just two
the culprits, is a travesty of justice that shames India
and insults the memory of the
thousands killed. The verdict is the culmination of a deeply flawed
involving the culpability of governments, investigative agencies and
highest court of the land. These institutions compromised the interests
country and the victims, diluting the charges, enabling the American
Anderson to escape, and limiting liability to a paltry compensation of
million dollars. These are acts of connivance to help the powerful US
company and its Indian entity.
The culprits are now all out on bail and will
judicial process further to avoid serving even this inadequate
sentence. The government
must immediately appeal against the verdict, press for enhancement of
and create a process by which justice can be speedily ensured.
disaster and the utterly flawed legal framework show how the American
and owners have escaped any criminal liability. In this context the
Liability Bill which excludes foreign suppliers from any liability may
more Warren Andersons. The bill limits compensation to even less than
settlement. Pushing ahead with the Nuclear Liability Bill means playing
the safety and interests of the Indian people.