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In yet another blow to the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster, a US district court has dismissed a plea seeking to make Union Carbide liable for contamination caused by its pesticide plant in Bhopal. Seventeen survivors of the 1984 gas leak tragedy had filed a case against the corporation in 1999 in the US district court in Manhattan.

Supreme Court order on the disposal of toxic waste lying in the factory of Union Carbide India Ltd dated 04/04/2012.

The criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the curative petition on the Bhopal gas judgment is based on an inadequate understanding of the process. In fact, the Central Bureau of Investigation will be better off seeking an enhancement of the punishment under the 2010 judgment than in pursuing the criminal revision petition.

Judgement passed on 19.07.2011 by the Hon'ble High Court of Orissa, Cuttack in case of W.P.(C) No.19605 of 2010 in the matter of Vedanta Aluminium Limited Vs Union of India, regarding expansion of Alumina plant and Captive Power Plant at Lanjigarh in Orissa.

This Supreme Court order dated May 11, 2011 dismissed CBI's curative petition against the 1996 apex court judgement on Bhopal gas tragedy that diluted the criminal charges against UCIL top brass including its Bhopal unit head Keshub Mahendra.


A high court order has not deterred a distillery in Sitamarhi district of Bihar from discharging effluents into the Bagmati. On January 27, the Patna High Court had ordered the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (spcb) and the Central Pollution Control Board (cpcb) to check pollution from Righa Sugar Company distillery and take appropriate action.

The premise of this paper is that, despite the existence of a well-established regulatory framework to enforce environmental laws and policies in each state of India, there has been a variation in the implementation of environmental judgments.