Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday submitted a status report in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on extradition of Warren Anderson, a prime accused in the gas disaster criminal case. Anderson was the chairman of Union Carbide Corporation at the time of gas tragedy and is a proclaimed absconder by the trial court.
Activist Abdul Jabbar had filed an application in
the court on September 30, 2012 on behalf of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan (BGPMUS) and Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti, seeking the court to ask the CBI for a status report on Anderson’s extradition and issue a fresh show cause notice to Dow Chemicals, USA.
Counsel for CBI Rajesh Baraiya submitted the report in the court of CJM Sanjay Pandey, informing that a permanent arrest warrant was pending against him since April 10, 1992. Besides, two more warrants -one from the CJM court, Bhopal and another from Tis Hazari court, Delhi - were issued on July 22, 2009 and March 23, 2011. All the warrants were sent to justice department of the USA.
Jabbar and Bhopal Group for Information & Action’s Satinath Sarangi, who was also present in the court during hearing on Tuesday, accused the CBI of gross apathy towards Anderson’s extradition. They also prayed the court to issue a fresh show cause notice to new owner of Union Carbide, Dow Chemicals as to why it should not be made a party in the litigation concerning gas disaster.
A show- cause notice was issued by the CJM court on January 6, 2005 but further procedure on the issue was stayed by the MP high court. Now that the stay has been vacated, a fresh show cause notice should be issued, they argued.
The next hearing in the case will take place on May 3.