Bhopal gas tragedy: MP to institute judicial probe

A judicial commission of inquiry will be constituted to probe all aspects of Bhopal gas tragedy.

Bhopal: A judicial commission of inquiry
will be constituted to go into all aspects of the Bhopal gas
tragedy, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced today.

The terms of reference of the commission and the name of
the retired High Court judge who will head it, will be decided
soon, he told reporters here.

The one-man commission will be asked to submit its report
within a time frame, Chouhan said.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said he was "disappointed" that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not discuss the extradition
of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson and compensation
for Bhopal Gas tragedy victims with US President Barack Obama.

"It was expected that the Prime Minister would discuss
the Bhopal Gas Tragedy with Obama but he did not do so,"
Chouhan told reporters here.
Singh had met Obama on the sidelines of the G-20
Summit in Toronto.

Chouhan said it was insufficient for the Prime
Minister to say that efforts would be made for the extradition
of Anderson.

"I want to ask the Prime Minister who will make these
efforts, when they would be made and what would be the process
for them," the chief minister said, adding that he was
"extremely disappointed" with the approach of the Centre
towards the tragedy.

The 89-year-old former Union Carbide chief was
declared an absconder in the case by a court here.

Chouhan said he had written a letter to the prime
minister drawing his attention to discrepancies in the
recommendations made by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the
Gas tragedy.

It was not correct on the part of the GoM to recommend
compensation and relief for only 40,000 gas victims, he said.

The state government will take all possible steps for
getting the 20 wards (in the city) declared as gas-hit besides
ensuring adequate compensation, relief, social, economic and
medical rehabilitation of the gas victims, Chouhan said.


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