A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Indian Supreme Court orders compensation for Bhopal gas victims

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court has approved a compensation plan for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster that killed more than 14,000 people. In July, the Supreme Court had ordered the central bank to pay the victims but no payments had been made. The plan calls for 15.67 billion rupees (343.5 million dollars) in compensation be distributed to survivors and families of the victims. The money will be paid on a pro-rata basis from November 15 to the 572,173 people whose claims have already been settled. Additionally, the court also ordered the state-run welfare commission to set aside six billion rupees for victims whose claims have not been settled. Union Carbide, the owner of the pesticide plant which caused the disaster, had paid the Indian government $470 million to settle all claims in 1989. Read more about the Bhopal tragedy here. AFP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.