India’s Supreme Court has rejected a plea seeking harsher sentences for seven former officials of Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary in connection with the 1984 toxic gas leak in Bhopal.
The leak killed an estimated 15,000 people in the world’s worst industrial disaster.
The officials had initially been charged with culpable homicide, but a 1996 court ruling reduced the charges.
Last year, the seven officials were convicted of death by negligence and sentenced to the maximum two years in prison. The relatively light sentence caused a public outcry and prompted officials to appeal.
The court ruled today that the government had waited far too long to try to reinstate the stronger charges to gain longer sentences.