Survivors Welcome Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Summon to Dow Chemical

January 13, 2017

Press Statement

Leaders of five organizations of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today welcomed the decision of the Chief Judicial Magistrate to summon The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC) through email. The order came as part of the proceedings against Dow Chemical to make Union Carbide Corporation, USA, its wholly owned subsidiary, appear in the ongoing criminal case on the disaster of 1984 which has killed over 25000 people.

Representatives of Bhopal Group for Information & Action whose application in the court led to today’s order, expressed satisfaction with the fact that serving notice through email will obviate the cooperation of the US Department of Justice. The organizations said that because of the non-cooperation of the Department of Justice of the US government, four notices issued by the Bhopal District Court in the last two and half years were not served on Dow Chemical.

As per today’s order, the notice will be sent by the Bhopal Court to Amy Wilson, corporate secretary of Dow Chemical company. Dow is expected to appear before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on 13th February 2017.

The organizations expressed hope that today’s order will clear the path for Union Carbide’s appearance, trial and conviction for causing the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Rashida Bi,

Nawab Khan,

Balkrishna Namdeo,

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,

Safreen Khan,

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Children Against Dow Carbide

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