Gas-hit body to file review petition

Staff Reporter
Bhopal, May 2 The Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti on Tuesday termed as one sided the Supreme Court decision to release Rs 37.65 crore, which formed part of erstwhile Bhopal Hospital Trust (BHT) assets that was lying frozen in bank to the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust (BMHT), for running and maintaining the hospital for gas victims.
Samiti coordinator Sadhna Karnik Pradhan told Central Chronicle that the apex court has taken this decision without hearing all the parties concerned. She also lamented that court did not order inspection of old accounts of the Trust. She said that the Samiti would soon file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the decision.
The Supreme Court today took up the hearing of the appeals filed on various issues of the Bhopal gas victims. ND Jayaprakash, Joint Coordinator of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti was present for the hearing.
Based on the telephonic discussion with Jayaprakash, this information was given by Sadhana Karnik, Coordinator of the organisation through a press release issued.
Accordingly the Supreme Court, after the hearing has asked ND Jayaprakash to give application to the District Collector of Bhopal to implement the previous direction of the court to examine the accounts of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital. According to the press release, the Samiti, as per the Supreme Court direction will soon submit the application at the Collectors office.
The appeal for a total revision of the Bhopal agreement 1989 and for enhancing the compensation by 5 times will be taken up in the month of July.
The court also has issued directions to the State Government for ensuring the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Medical Monitoring Committee constituted by the court.
The Samiti has requested the Chief Minister to cooperate in the immediate implementation of the decisions of the Supreme Court by instructing the District Collector to enquire into the accounts of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital.

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