Court notice to Union Carbide on compensation hike

February 28th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the Union Carbide Corporation on a petition by the central government seeking enhancement of compensation by Rs.7,844.22 crore for the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims.The five judges of an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia said it will hear the matter from April 13. The court said the hearing will take place for three days every week.

However, the court did not transfer the proceedings in a related matter on the question whether Dow Chemical Company is a successor to Union Carbide Corporation India Ltd.

The chief justice made it clear that once the hearing commences there will be no adjournment. The court has given three weeks’ time to the respondent company and others to file their reply and another one week to the petitioner if it wants to say something on this reply.

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