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Centre moves SC seeking more damages for victims.

COINCIDING with the 26th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, the Centre on Friday moved the Supreme Court for enhancement of compensation fixed by it in 1989 for the victims of the gas leak.

In a curative petition moved before the Supreme Court, the government argued that the amount of $470 million arrived at, in 1989, was based on wrong facts with regard to the number of victims.

Besides, the company was liable to pay towards remedial measures on account of environmental degradation.

"It is respectfully submitted that in the comprehensive review that was conducted by the government in June, 2010, it has emerged that the figures that formed the basis of the compensation awarded by this court are completely incorrect," the government said.

Following public outrage over the leniency shown to the office bearers of Union Carbide by the trial court, the government had on June 24 decided to provide further relief to the victims and filed a curative petition against an SC order quashing the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

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Date:Dec 4, 2010
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