Union Carbide plant killed 20 000 in India

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Published on 11 May 2011, 17:32
Seven Indian officials responsible for the worst technological disaster in history, have been released on bail after a court refused to give them stronger punishments. They were found guilty of a huge gas leak in 1984 at a plant owned by US corporation Union Carbide Corporation, which resulted in the deaths of up to 20 thousand people. UCC Chairman and CEO Warren Anderson was arrested and released on bail by the Madhya Pradesh Police in India on December 7, 1984. In 1987, the Indian government summoned Anderson, eight other executives and two company affiliates with homicide charges to appear in Indian court. Union Carbide balked, saying the company is not under Indian jurisdiction. According to a the U.S. Supreme Court decision victims of the Bhopal disaster could not seek damages in a US court.