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'Arjun's statement on Anderson's release is bundle of lies'

The Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday termed as a "bundle of lies" the statement of former Chief Minister Arjun Singh that he had no "locus standi" on the issue of safe passage provided to then UCC Chairman Warren Anderson.

bhopal Updated: Jun 20, 2010 23:33 IST

The Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday termed as a "bundle of lies" the statement of former Chief Minister Arjun Singh that he had no "locus standi" on the issue of safe passage provided to then UCC Chairman Warren Anderson.

"The much-awaited statement of Singh that he has no locus standi on the release of Warren Anderson is nothing but a bundle of lies and no one, including the political parties, will believe it," spokesman Narottam Mishra, also the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said in a statement.

Mishra claimed that senior Congress leaders were issuing contradictory statements and creating confusion on a sensitive issue like the Bhopal gas tragedy. "In the public interest the truth behind these contradictory statements should come out."

The Minister said Singh's statement that he had no role in the escape of Anderson is not acceptable and it appears that he had issued such a statement under some pressure.

It has been established that an official plane was provided to Anderson to take him to New Delhi and that he was released "with full respect" by the authorities. Therefore, how it is possible that the then Chief Minister was not aware of such important decisions of the state, the statement said.

Today, the major challenge before the state government is to extradite Anderson to India and it wanted the Centre to play a positive role in it, it said.

"I have no locus standi on this issue," Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh when the Bhopal Gas tragedy occurred was quoted as saying in a newspaper, breaking his two-week long silence on Anderson's exit.