Managers Appeal Convictions in Bhopal Tragedy
June 30, 2010
The Associated Foreign Press reports seven managers convicted over the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have appealed their convictions, a newspaper reported as India repeated it would urge the U.S. to extradite the company''s former American boss. The convictions of the Indian managers for criminal negligence earlier this month, sparked uproar among survivors because of the perceived leniency of the punishment. The guilty were handed two-year jail terms and fines of 100,000 rupees (2,000 dollars) for their role in the world''s worst industrial accident that killed thousands of people instantly and tens of thousands in subsequent years. The seven executives, all managers at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal that spewed toxic gas into neighboring slums in December 1984, have filed appeals in a local Bhopal court, The Express newspaper said. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said that New Delhi would renew efforts to have the American former chief executive of Union Carbide, a U.S. chemicals group, extradited to India where he faces negligence charges. India has repeatedly asked for the extradition of ex-Union carbide boss Warren Anderson in the past. The government announced last week that it would present new evidence to Washington to try to secure his arrest. The 89-year-old is believed to live in New York State.