New York : In a big blow to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a US court has ruled that the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) cannot be sued for the ongoing contamination from the chemical plant, reports PTI.
Non-governmental organisation EarthRights International had
filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on behalf of residents of Bhopal saying that land and water of the citizens are being contaminated by waste from the plant.
EarthRights said that as per the court’s ruling, Union Carbide cannot be sued despite evidence that construction of the plant was managed by an employee of the company.
EarthRights expressed confidence that there was enough evidence against Union Carbide that would lead to a reversal of the “erroneous decision on appeal.”
The lawsuit had also added Madhya Pradesh, which owns the site of the former Bhopal plant, as a defendant and had sought that the state also cooperate in the clean-up of the site. US District Judge John Kennan said in his 45-page ruling on Wednesday: “The only relief plaintiffs seek against Madhya Pradesh is an injunction directing them to cooperate in the clean-up of the site ordered by this Court against UCC.
“Because I conclude that there is no basis to hold UCC liable for plaintiffs’ damage, there will be no court-ordered clean-up in this action, and thus, no basis for enjoining Madhya Pradesh. It is, therefore, appropriate to enter judgment in favor of the state (in) the amended complaint,” the judge said in his ruling.