Case against absconding U.S. Union Carbide chief not closed: minister

21:39, June 08, 2010      

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Indian Law Minister Veerappa Moily said Tuesday that the case against Warren M Anderson, former chairman of the American parent company Union Carbide Corporation, is not yet closed and the U.S. citizen got away from India because the case against him was looked at casually.

He made the statement after a local court in Bhopal sentenced eight accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy to two years in jail. All the convicted are Indians working for U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation.

Warren Anderson is blamed in India for the gas tragedy which killed some 30,000 and handicapped tens of thousands more.

"Here is a person who has not responded to the summons -- therefore he has absconded himself. The court will declare any accused, who could not be procured before the court, as a proclaimed defender. This does not mean cases are closed on them," Moily said.

He stated that the judgment by the Bhopal court in the case was disappointing and the government would study the compensation given to victims and punishment awarded to eight Indians.

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