SC modifies 2012 order for rehab of Bhopal gas victims
New Delhi: Modifying its 2012 order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Madhya Pradesh High Court chief justice to constitute a dedicated bench to hear matters related to relief, rehabilitation and treatment of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the dedicated bench should comprise judges having "reasonable tenure" of service.
Advocate Wills Mathew, appearing for the petitioner, Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangathan, said that the apex court had in its order on August 9, 2012, passed various directions and transferred petitions related to relief and rehabilitation of the gas tragedy victims to the high court.
He submitted that the top court had said in one of its directions that the petitions should be dealt with by a bench presided over by the chief justice of the high court. Mathew said in the past five years, various chief justices of the HC, who heard the matter, were transferred to other high courts or elevated to the apex court.