Moily denies there is any delay in the process

Brushing aside the views of noted jurist Fali Nariman, Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said here on Monday that the Centre would go ahead with the proposal to seek the opinion of Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati on filing curative petitions in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

He was asked about the opinion of Mr. Nariman that Supreme Court judgments on settlement of the compensation by Union Carbide and on the dilution of the provisions under which the accused were charged were final and could not be re-opened.

“Mr. Nariman is a senior advocate. I have no comments on his views. The Group of Ministers has recommended seeking of the Attorney-General's opinion on curative petitions and the Union Cabinet has approved it. We will follow up on the decision.”

Mr. Moily denied that the government was dragging its feet on consulting Mr. Vahanvati. “Nothing would be put in cold storage. There is no question of any delay. There is a process involved [and we are following that].”

‘Honour' killings

Asked about the proposed Bill to curb the growing cases of honour killings in north India, Mr. Moily said all the processes had been completed by the Law and Home Ministries and the proposal would come up before the Cabinet soon.

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