Deprived gas claimants get another chance
Central Chronicle, 4th March 2001


BHOPAL MARCH 3: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan convenor, Abdul Jabbar on Saturday claimed that the Supreme Court has given another chance to the 80,000 gas affected people who failed to get compensation earlier.

Addressing newsmen on Saturday, Jabbar said that the claims of the people were rejected by the claim courts as they had failed to appear on the due date fixed by the court.

This was challenged by the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan and Bhopal Group for Information and Action in the Court.

The Supreme Court on March 2 ordered that the cases of all these people must be settled within 60 days, Jabbar said.

He further said that the Supreme Court has also asked that the list of pending and rejected claims must be published in newspapers.

He said that about 60,000 cases were registered in claim courts after the expiry of the time and files of another 20,000 cases were lost due to negligence and conspiracy of the claim court.

The decision of the Supreme Court proved that real claimants could not be deprived   of compensation by saying that the claims have crossed the population of the city, he added.

He said that claim courts have said that that more than 10 lakh cases have been sorted out, but they were not informed how many people have received compensation.