With the intent of sending the signal that it does not want to brook further delay in the Bhopal gas tragedy case,the Union Cabinet on Thursday will seek approval to send a fresh request to the United States seeking extradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson before the end of next month.
Following the Cabinet approval,the CBI is likely to be asked to prepare documents for the fresh extradition request to be sent before July 31. The Cabinet,which will discuss the report of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal gas disaster,will also consider other recommendations made including enhanced compensation to victims under a Rs 1,500-crore package.
The meeting to discuss the issue was earlier scheduled for Friday,but was reverted to the original Thursday Cabinet meeting since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be leaving for Canada on Friday. Home Minister P Chidambaram,who heads the GoM,is also leaving for Pakistan on Friday to attend the SAARC interior ministers meeting.
The Cabinet will also hear the views of the Attorney General on filing of a curative petition in the Supreme Court against dilution of charges against the accused in the Bhopal case as well as the law officers opinion on whether the liability settlement can be revisited in the light of high increase in the number of the dead and the disabled.
The report recommends a payment of Rs 10 lakh for the dead and Rs 5 lakh for permanently disabled victims.