Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said there was no truth in senior
Congress leader Arjun Singh`s claim that he was not aware of
how the state plane was used for taking the then Union Carbide
chief Warren Anderson to New Delhi after the Bhopal Gas
"I have seen the records of the State Government flight
that day and as per them it was ordered by the then Chief
Minister Arjun Singh," Chouhan told reporters at his
He said everyone knows that no state government plane can
undertake a flight without the permission and knowledge of the
"Since Singh was not only Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
but also a senior Congress leader at that time, I am sure that
he knows this rule," Chouhan said.
He said Singh`s statement yesterday in the Rajya Sabha on
Bhopal Gas Tragedy appears to have been made with the
intention of "protecting someone".
Giving for the first time his side of the story, Singh
yesterday said it was "incongruous that Anderson took a state
plane to leave Bhopal" but did not go into details, saying he
did "not want to enlarge on these things as it would add grief
Chouhan said even at this stage he would like to appeal
to Singh to come out with the facts related to the manner in
which Anderson was allowed to leave Bhopal.
Singh must realise that truth was important in this case
as Bhopal had turned into a graveyard following the tragedy,
Even now, lakhs of people in the city continue to suffer
from the aftereffects of the tragedy that occurred following
the leakage of the lethal Methyl Iso Cyanate Gas from the
Union Carbide Plant here, he said.
He said Singh had chosen to maintain a studied silence
after the then Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P Tiwari
delivered his judgement in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case.
The Chief Minister said it was difficult to believe
Singh`s contention that officials from the Union Home Ministry
had exerted pressure for the release of Anderson.
"If Singh feels proud at having got Anderson arrested, he
should also feel a sense of shame for releasing him," he said.