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Boston reverberates with music, a fundraiser for Bhopal

  • Posted on: 17 May 2011
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May 12, 2011
By TCN News, http://twocircles.net

Boston: More than 26 years later and thousand miles away from Bhopal, the call for justice for the victims of the Union Carbide gas leak is still strong. Hundreds gathered here on Saturday May 7th, 2011 in a benefit concert to raise funds for this noble cause.

Divine Strings, a benefit concert featuring Carnatic and Jazz music, was held on the in Northeastern University’s Fenway Auditorium. Aishwarya Venkataraman, an ever smiling eighteen year-old violinist took center-stage to enthrall a crowd of well over two hundred with brilliant artistry.Aishu was accompanied on the Mridangam by her father Prof. Vinod R. Venkataraman, Marc Rossi on the piano, Bob Tamagni on the drums, and Bill Urmson on the electric bass.

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Economic Times: Judiciary not with Bhopal victims, CBI failed: Activists

  • Posted on: 11 May 2011
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Economic Times
May 11, 2011

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: The judiciary has heaped more injustice on victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, activists said Wednesday after the apex court's decision to reject the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea for more stringent punishment to the seven accused.

Some said it was a "black day" and squarely blamed the CBI for failing to defend the victims. The apex court Wednesday dismissed the CBI's petition challenging its 1996 verdict that had diluted charges against the accused, then United Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) chairman Keshub Mahindra , and six others for causing death due to negligence.

At least 3,000 had died on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984, at the United Carbide factory in Bhopal in what is known as the world's worst industrial disaster.

Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action told IANS: "The CBI was never interested to fight for the gas victims and did not take matter from us which had enough evidence to run the case under (Indian Penal Code's) 304/2.

"It is we who have been fighting against the 1996 Supreme Court verdict and the CBI only woke up after pressure from the group of ministers (GoM) and put a curative petition after 14 years."

Black Day for Justice: Bhopal Survivors on Indian Supreme Court's Rejection of the Curative Petition

  • Posted on: 11 May 2011
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Torch rally in Bhopal, following the Supreme Court's order"We will not tolerate this injustice"

Press Statement
May 11, 2011

“Today will go down as another black day for justice,” Bhopal survivors’ organisations said in reaction to the Supreme Court's order rejecting the curative petition filed by the CBI. “Further to the dismissal of the revision petition filed by three Bhopal organisations against Justice Ahmadi's controversial 1996 order, the Supreme Court today has heaped yet more injustice on the Bhopal victims,” five organisations said.

In 1997, the Supreme Court dismissed a review petition filed by three survivor organisations without conducting even one hearing. The petition was against Justices Ahmadi’s order that quashed the charge of culpable homicide against the Indian officials of Union Carbide and instituted a charge of death caused by negligence.

Today's Supreme Court order is problematic on many counts. First, by saying that the 1996 Supreme Court order was not binding on the trial court, it expects a lower court to act against a specific order of the Supreme Court. This presumption is entirely contrary to the universal practice of the courts. FIRs quashed by the Supreme Court are never reborn by magisterial acts. More importantly, the Supreme Court has ignored the gross miscarriage of justice suffered by the victims through the practical effect of the 1996 judgment.

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