New Delhi: Details of use of state
government plane to ferry Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson out of Bhopal in 1984 are not available with the
Madhya Pradesh government, state`s aviation directorate has
Responding to an RTI application seeking to know who had
sanctioned the flight which took Anderson to Delhi soon after
the Bhopal gas tragedy in December 1984, the aviation
directorate, after nine months of the application having been
filed, said information is not available as the matter is
The information under the Right to Information Act
should be provided within one month of receiving the
application but the Aviation Directorate which got the
application on June 26, 2010, did not respond to it till March
26, 2011. The reply comes only after a complaint against it
was filed with the State Information Commission.
The applicant had sought to know from the Aviation
department the file noting regarding the sanction of the
flight, name of person who sanctioned it, details about the
names and number of passengers in it.
However, the Aviation Directorate did not reply to any
of these queries and said since the matter is over
26-years-old, it does not have any information about it.
Anderson had reached Bhopal from the US three days after
the gas tragedy struck the city on the intervening night of
December 2-3, 1984, killing over 15,000 people.
On his arrival, he was arrested by local police and
later granted bail by a local court.
But he left the country on December 7 and remained
evasive since then. He was allegedly allowed to use an
aircraft of Madhya Pradesh government to come to Delhi from
Bhopal from where he returned to the US.
The CBI has been pursuing the matter of extradition of
Warren Anderson since 1993.
However, the US did not agree for extradition of
Anderson stating that the request of India does not meet the
requirements of dual criminality under Article 2(1) and 9(3)
of the extradition treaty between the two countries.
The CBI has moved a Delhi court earlier this month for
obtaining a Letter Rogatory to the US authorities for
Anderson`s extradition, stating it would be a travesty of
justice if he is not put to trial for his alleged role in the