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GoM on Bhopal tragedy to meet today

Smita Gupta

New Delhi: The Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal gas tragedy, headed by Home Minister P. Chidambaram, is scheduled to meet on Monday to take stock of the progress made since its 22 recommendations were accepted by the Cabinet in June.

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The recommendations included the decision to push for extradition of the former Union Carbide chief, Warren Anderson, and ascertain the liability of Dow Chemical, besides a package for relief and remediation.

In August, the CBI filed a curative petition before the Supreme Court, seeking restoration of the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which attracts a maximum punishment of a 10-year jail term, against the accused in the case.

Since the government has been under considerable pressure on the issue, a presentation on the new National Litigation Policy is likely to be made before the GoM, it is learnt. The policy proposes a stringent monitoring and review mechanism for all government litigations so that cases such as the Bhopal tragedy are noticed before it is too late.

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