India’s Attorney General Office filed a fresh case against Union Carbide, now acquired by Dow Chemicals, seeking to more than double the compensations settled by the court in 1989. The petition coincides with the 26th anniversary of the disaster.
The Government says 3,500 people died on the day of the disaster and more than 15,000 died in the years later. Independent campaigners put the figure at more than 25,000 and still many people are suffering thereafter.
The court in 1989 ordered to pay $470 million (approx. Rs. 2200 Cr) as compensation to the victims. But the main culprit the then owner of the Union Carbide, Anderson had been at large. Indian government never tried to extradite him from the US.
Now, the Indian government is seeking to pay $1.1 billion (approx. Rs. 5,000 Cr).