CPM demands independent probe into Bhopal tragedy

The contention that the then Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson was allowed to leave the country, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat today said and demanded an independent probe into the issue.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2010, 20:02 PM IST

New Delhi: The contention that the then
Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson was allowed to leave the
country in view of law and order situation was a "shameful"
attempt to evade responsibilities, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat
today said and demanded an independent probe into the issue.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) created to look into the
Bhopal tragedy was "meaningless", she told reporters here.

To a question on government`s contention that Anderson
was allowed to leave so that law and order situation does not
deteriorate further, she said "what the government is saying
is an attempt to evade its responsibilities, the
responsibilities of government of that time and that of main
office-bearers of that government. This is shameful."

Demanding an independent probe into the issue, she said
there are several questions to be answered like "who was
responsible (for Anderson`s escape) and whether the then Prime
Minister had information about it or not".

"The country wants to know that how much was the American
pressure that an accused was treated like a state guest," she
said and quipped "they only refrained from giving Anderson a
gun salute."

She said the demand for extradition of Anderson is more
relevant as the government was trying to go ahead with the
nuclear liability bill "which is going to create more Warren
Andersons and legalise the excuse that was given at that time
to allow a man to escape from his criminal liability."

To a question about Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee`s claim that assembly elections could be advanced in
Left-ruled West Bengal, Karat said "that decision will be
taken by the Election Commission."

"There is a Constitutional provision. The country`s
Constitution cannot be changed according to your or my
wishes," she said.

PTI