GoM to examine all issues related to Bhopal tragedy: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 17:52

New Delhi: Amid questions over how the then
Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson fled India, Government
today said the Group of Ministers set up on the Bhopal gas
tragedy issue will look into all aspects related to the
incident and facts would be presented before the nation.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni sought
to play down allegations by senior Congress leader Digvijay
Singh that Anderson was helped in escaping from the country.

She told reporters "nobody is being indicted by anybody"
in the matter.

"The GoM will examine whatever happened," Soni said when
mediapersons repeatedly referred to allegations that Anderson
had been deliberately allowed to escape from the country.

"No fact will be hidden," she insisted.

The minister said, "Whatever communication conclusively
proves any point or surmise will be taken up at the
appropriate forum.... The government, on its part, has not
failed to put in place a mechanism. Whatever facts will come
to light will be considered, studied by the GoM."

On allegations about the US pressure, she maintained that
the union government was under no pressure from anybody and it
was working in a "transparent" manner.

"In the last five years, there has been no pressure from
any quarter on the UPA government. There has been no pressure
from any country or government," Soni said.

On the quantum of punishment in the 1984 case, the
Minister said there was "no denying" of the fact that people
were agitated over it and that is why the GoM had been set up.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 17:52

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