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MP govt seeks legal opinion on re-investigating Bhopal case

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2010 15:05 IST

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Amid a controversy surrounding the Bhopal gas tragedy verdict, the Madhya Pradesh Government is taking legal opinion on whether it can re-investigate the whole case, including the exit of then Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson.

It is also considering the possibility of filing a review petition against dilution of charges against convicts in the gas leak case.

"We have kept all options open. We can consider re-investigation of the Bhopal gas leakage case. We are discussing it with legal experts," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told PTI in New Delhi.

He said there are questions about the escape of Anderson and charges being diluted during trial which need to be properly investigated.

Chouhan asked the then state Chief Minister Arjun Singh, who has been facing questions over his alleged role in facilitating the escape of Anderson, to break his silence and speak the truth.

"Whatever happened on that fateful night was really discouraging. The whole nation wants Singh to speak up and clear people's doubts on the issue," he said.

Chouhan said that his government is committed to bringing justice to the families of victims and "will do anything" to get justice.

On being asked about his views on the verdict, Chouhan said, "There are certain issues like dilution of charges under Section 304 amounting to culpable homicide which needs to be looked into. Victims and millions of people expect answers on it. The decision by the court is unsatisfactory. That is why we have decided to approach High Court to appeal the lower court's decision."

The Chief Minister has written a letter to Singh asking him come clear on how Anderson fled the country after the tragedy in December 1984.

To a question regarding difference of opinion among different political parties and leaders, he said, "It is sad to note that certain people are playing politics on the tragedy. Instead we should collectively make effort to bring justice for the victims and people."

The state government has constituted a five-member committee under the chairmanship of Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tankha to look into the trial court judgement and examine all legal aspects including any fresh evidence.

A Bhopal court has on June 8 convicted ex-Union Carbide India Chairman Keshub Mahindra and six others and sentenced them to two years imprisonment, nearly 26 years after world's worst industrial disaster left over 15,000 dead.