Why was Anderson not questioned, CIC asks CBI
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Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011, 21:09
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission on Monday directed the CBI to provide reasons for not questioning then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson in connection with Bhopal Gas Leak case in 1984 during his visit to the country despite recent exemption given to the agency by the government from making disclosures under the RTI Act.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by Lucknow-based lawyer SP Mishra in which he had sought to know when did it take the case of gas leak and why it did not question Anderson while he visited India after the industrial disaster.

"No delay was caused in the examination of any accused person except Mr. Warren Anderson of the case during investigation. CBI couldn't examine and record statement of Warren M Anderson as he was absconding," the agency had said in its RTI reply.

During the hearing, Mishra, however, alleged that CBI got the case on December 6, 1984 while Anderson visited the country after that and hence "if there are any reasons on record for not interrogating him these should be provided".

Agreeing with the argument, Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi directed the PIO "to provide the information about the reasons for not interrogating Warren Anderson as per available records to the appellant before July 10, 2011".

In another case against the CBI, the CIC directed the agency to disclose the log books of the vehicles maintained by it.

The CBI has objected to disclosure saying officials travel for collecting sensitive information and meeting various individuals in relation to cases investigated by them and making these details public would endanger their lives.

Gandhi in his ruling said that log books can be disclosed by severing information like names of the officials and destinations they travelled to.

He directed the CBI to make public log books "after blanking out the locations to which the officers may have travelled".


First Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 21:09

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