Case against absconding U.S. Union Carbide chief not closed: minister (2)

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Also Moily blamed former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer B. R. Lall for letting Anderson away.

Lall investigated the gas leak case from April 1994 to July 1995.

Anderson and several Indian officials of Union Carbide were arrested in Bhopal after registration of a police complaint against them in Bhopal on Dec. 2 to 3, 1984. But Anderson was soon released on bail and flew to the U.S.

Tuesday, the Law Minister asserted that CBI officer Lall should have taken a stand and insisted on Anderson's extradition.

"I personally feel that the investigating officers, the judiciary and the executive should have taken it (demanding Andersen's extradition) to a serious pitch. It has been very casually looked on. It is not a reflection of the judiciary but I would rather say the time has now come to revisit the whole process of judiciary," he said.

The gas leak disaster was caused on the evening of Dec. 2, 1984 when plant's safety systems failed leading to the mixing of methyl isocyanate with water at high temperatures.

The toxic mixture started to release clouds of highly toxic gas into the atmosphere before the staff could take any remedial steps.

The gas leak was believed to have killed around 30,000 people and maimed many. The government of Madhya Pradesh has officially put the number of dead at only 3,787.
Source: Xinhua

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