Bhopal gas case: Government to abide by SC decision

Law minister says other petitions still pending on punishment to accused and compensation to those affected

New Delhi: The government today said it will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court which dismissed the CBI's curative petition against an earlier judgement of the Court that diluted charges against the accused in the Bhopal gas disaster case.

"We will go by the decision of the Supreme Court," law minister Veerappa Moily told journalists. "After this matter came up, the group of ministers in its due wisdom decided to go for the curative petition. After obtaining the opinion from the learned attorney general of India, we had filed the curative petition and the Supreme Court in its wisdom has dismissed it. We will abide by the decision."

Asked about the compensation component as well as punishment to the accused, the minister said he still has to go through the judgement and he pointed out that there are other petitions also which are yet to be disposed, PTI reports.

Mr Moily, however, made it clear that the compensation component was not linked with the curative petition and was a separate issue. He said that the compensation issue was still open. "We have given more compensation. We have released more money from the Government of India," the minister said.
 
The CBI and the Madhya Pradesh government filed the curative petitions after a public outcry over what was considered as a mild punishment for the gas tragedy in December 1984 that claimed over 15,000 lives and left several thousands maimed.

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SC dismisses CBI’s curative petition on Bhopal gas tragedy

Court says investigative agency and Madhya Pradesh government failed to explain satisfactorily the need for such a plea after 14 years

New Delhi: In an apparent setback to the campaign by those seeking stringent punishment for the accused in the Bhopal gas disaster, the Supreme Court today dismissed the curative petition by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against an earlier apex court judgement that apparently diluted charges against the accused.

A five-judge constitutional bench headed by chief justice SH Kapadia, however, left a window of opportunity open, saying that its order would not influence the pending proceedings before the Sessions Court against the chief judicial magistrate's judgement awarding two years sentence to the accused, including Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra.

The judges said the CBI and the Madhya Pradesh government had failed to give a satisfactory explanation on filing the curative petition after a lapse of 14 years. The other judges on the bench were Altamas Kabir, RV Raveendran, B Sudershan Reddy and Aftab Alam, PTI reports.

The CBI and the Madhya Pradesh government filed the curative petition after a public outcry over what was considered as a mild punishment for the gas tragedy that claimed over 15,000 lives in December 1984 and maimed several thousands.

In 1996, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then chief justice AH Ahmadi, diluted the charges against the accused, avoiding section 304 Part II of the Indian Penal Code that provides for a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and instead applying section 304(A) for rash and negligent act that has a maximum punishment of only two years.

The CBI and the Madhya Pradesh government have filed revision petitions before the Sessions Court and against the judgement of the chief judicial magistrate, Bhopal, which had awarded the two years jail term for various accused.

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Facebook users’ account details inadvertently leaked: Symantec

Third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts, including profiles, photographs and chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information

New York: Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users’ account details could have been “inadvertently” leaked to third parties, in particular advertisers, over the years, according to data security solutions provider Symantec.

“Symantec has discovered that in certain cases, Facebook IFRAME applications inadvertently leaked access tokens to third parties like advertisers or analytic platforms,” Symantec Corp said in its official blog.

According to a PTI report, third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts, including profiles, photographs and chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.

“We estimate that as of April, 2011, close to 100,000 applications were enabling this leakage. We estimate that over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of ‘access tokens’ to third parties,” the blog post added.

Access tokens are like ‘spare keys’ granted by a Facebook user to the Facebook application. Applications can use these tokens or keys to perform certain actions on behalf of the user or to access the user’s profile.

“Fortunately, these third—parties may not have realised their ability to access this information,” the blog post said.

Facebook has been informed of this development and has taken corrective action to help eliminate this issue. “Facebook was notified of this issue and has confirmed this leakage. Facebook notified us of changes on their end to prevent these tokens from getting leaked,” the blog post said.

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