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Bhopal Gas Tragedy: In Supreme Court, Big Setback For Centre

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New Delhi:

In a big setback for the centre, the Supreme Court today dismissed its petition seeking more compensation from Union Carbide for the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy that killed over 3,000 people.

The centre had, in a curative petition, sought that the case be reopened and Union Carbide be directed to pay additional compensation worth Rs 7,844 crore to the victims of the gas leak disaster. The government had argued that the enormity of the actual damage caused to human lives and the environment could not be assessed properly at the time of the settlement in 1989.

Rejecting the petition, the court said the settlement can be set aside only on the ground of fraud and that the centre had made no such contention.