U.S.-based Union Carbide on Monday maintained that it was not subject to the jurisdiction of the Bhopal court that gave its verdict in the 1984 gas disaster case, insisting that none of its officials were involved in operation of the plant.
“Union Carbide and its officials were not part of this case since the charges were divided long ago into a separate case.
“Furthermore, Union Carbide and its officials are not subject to the jurisdiction of Indian court since they did not have any involvement in the operation of the plant, which was owned and operated by the UCIL (Union Carbide India Limited),” a company statement said.
Reacting to the Bhopal court verdict, the statement said by requirement of the Government of India, the Bhopal plant was detail designed, owned, operated and managed on a day-to-day basis by UCIL and its employees.
“All the appropriate people from the UCIL — officers and those who actually ran the plant on a daily basis — have appeared to face charges,” it said.
A local court in Bhopal pronounced its verdict on 23-year-old trial on Bhopal gas disaster, convicting eight accused, including the then Chairman of UCIL, Keshub Mahindra, and sentencing them to two years imprisonment. However, the name of Warren Anderson, the then Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation of the U.S was not mentioned in the verdict.