Pithoragarh: Former Madhya
Pradesh chief minister Arjun Singh was solely responsible for
allowing Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson to leave
Bhopal after the gas leak incident in 1984, senior Congress
leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said today.
"On December 8, 1984, Arjun Singh has himself accepted in
a press conference that police had arrested and put in custody
Warren Anderson by his order. And on 9th December when he was
asked by a press reporter if he had talked to the Centre in
this connection, he denied and said this matter was totally
under his purview and no need to take permission from the
Centre arose," he said.
"On December 14, 1984 Arjun Singh reached New Delhi and
briefed Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on how Anderson was
arrested and released," the Congress spokesman said on a
visit to Himalayan town of Munsiyari in this district.
Accusing the media of continuing to drag the name of
Rajiv Gandhi in the case, Chaturvedi alleged that despite
knowing all the recorded facts, the media on the instance of
some "vested" political elements were deliberately trying to
implicate Rajiv Gandhi in the case.
"When everything has become clear after Pranab
Mukherjee`s statement, the media should try to know the real
pointer in his statement," he said.