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Anderson let-off on chief secretary's order: Former DM

india Updated: Jun 09, 2010 21:43 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days after the Bhopal gas verdict, the district collector during the time of tragedy, Moti Singh has said that he was ordered by the then chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh to get Warren Anderson dropped at the airport from where he was taken to Delhi.

Singh has alleged that Brahm Swaroop, the former Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, personally called him in his cabin and asked him to release Anderson. He also added that he was never given reasons why Anderson was being released.

About Anderson, he said, he wanted to visit areas affected by the gas leak but was told there was a threat to his life.

On December 7, Warren Anderson was arrested but was later released the same day and was flown out of Bhopal in a state government plane to New Delhi.

Meanwhile, several other Union Carbide officials were also arrested on December 7 and were kept at the company guesthouse, which was later declared into a temporary police station.

Anderson was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, grievous assault and killing and poisoning human beings and animals due to leakage of the MIC gas from the Union Carbide's pesticide plant in Bhopal.

On Monday, after 25 years, a local Bhopal court had held eight accused guilty of criminal negligence in the world's worst industrial disaster who were later released on bail. Shockignly, Anderson was not mentioned in the judgment.

The disaster that took place on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984, killed over 15,000 instantly and many more later.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said the case against former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson in connection with the Bhopal gas tragedy was not closed.

He said the name of Anderson figured in the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the case.

"The CBI has filed chargesheet. The courts then frame charges. There is one person here who has not responded to the
summons or replied to the charges. He has absconded and was declared a proclaimed offender," he said.

"That does not mean that the case against him (Anderson) is closed," Moily said.