New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking transfer of the corpus of the erstwhile Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust to it.

The trust was set up to look after the victims of the 1984 gas tragedy.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond within four weeks to the plea made by K K Dewan, secretary of the trust, for transfer of the fund.

The application in this regard was made giving reference of the apex court's July 19, 2010 order which allowed the Centre to take over the management of the hospital.

During the hearing, the bench asked the Centre and the members of the trust to sit together and discuss the modalities of transferring the funds.

The court said it would not like a situation when the fixed deposits have to be broken.

The court on July 10, 2010 had accepted the resignation of former Chief Justice of India A M Ahmadi as the chairman of the trust and allowed the Centre to take over its management.

The court had allowed the Centre to take steps to wind up the trust and run the hospital looking after the victims of the tragedy.

Justice Ahmadi was appointed as chairman of the trust on May 15, 1998. Following a Supreme Court order, the accused company Union Carbide had set up a trust in London on March 1992 and Ian Percival was appointed as its sole trustee.

However, after the death of Percival, the trust was constituted.

The then Madhya Pradesh government leased out land to the trust to set up super-speciality centres to treat the victims.

Around 32 health centres including six hospitals were constructed by the trust.

(Agencies)