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'Allegations of deal with Anderson outrageous'

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 14:58 IST

Congress has termed as "outrageous" and "ridiculous" the allegations that Rajiv Gandhi government had assured "safe passage" to Union Carbide Chief Warren Anderson before he came to India in the aftermath of the deadly 1984 Bhopal gas leakage that killed thousands.

"There is absolutely no evidence of any kind whatsoever direct or indirect to support this completely outrageous and ridiculous allegation," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said at a press conference in Washington DC.

Earlier, the then Foreign Secretary MK Rasgotra gave a new twist to the raging controversy over the Bhopal gas tragedy by disclosing that the Home Ministry, under PV Narasimha Rao, had assured "safe passage" to Anderson before he came to India in the aftermath of the gas leakage.

"The allegation is purely political," Singhvi claimed when asked about the statements coming from Rasgotra and the then Deputy Chief de Mission at the US Embassy in New Delhi, Gordon Streeb, that the then Union Government had assured safe passage to Anderson during his trip to India.

"The Prime Minister of India does not deal with what every police constable does. There is absolutely no connectivity. "I would ask you a simple question: Why this gentleman is saying this for the first time after 25 years? Could he not find any other time to make this allegation? And why are those political parties picking up these on themes on the basis of allegations being made now. If there was slightest of evidence, these allegations would have been made earlier," Singhvi said.

"There is now as you know a GOM. All those things deserves to be looked into... but certainly there is no place for such outrageous allegations. Because there is no basis, except that it creates a certain amount of political sensationalism and mockery by certain vested interest."

"All is not lost, because there are procedures by which A, a review petition can be filed before the Supreme Court to consider reviewing a judgement passed by it years ago. B, the process of perusing that criminal proceedings in which he was declared a proclaimed offender can be restarted," the Congress spokesman said.