Govt says will go for Anderson extradition
On Board PM's Special Aircraft: Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said that his government will
try to ensure that the US takes a "more favourable attitude"
towards the extradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren
Anderson to stand trial in India in the Bhopal gas leak case.
Singh told journalists accompanying him on his way
back home from Toronto that he did not raise the issue in his
discussions with US President Barack Obama during his meeting
with him on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
"Well, we are where we stand. We will try to ensure
that US government takes a more favourable attitude towards
the extradition. But we have not approached them yet. I did
not raise this issue in my discussions with President Obama.
We will cross the bridge when we come to it," Singh said in
reply to questions.
Asked whether the government and the Congress
establishment was not coming clean on who was responsible for
letting Anderson go in December 1984, days after the worst
industrial disaster that killed more than 15,000 people, Singh
said, "What is the reality? We are not hiding anything."
Singh's comments come in the midst of a raging
controversy over who was responsible for Anderson's exit from
India after his arrest in the Bhopal gas leak case and his
decision not to return to stand trial in the case.
The 89-year-old former UCC chief was declared an
absconder in the case by a Bhopal court. He now lives outside
"I think the Group of Ministers has looked at records.
There is nothing that they have come across by way of definite
findings as to who took the decision. These records are not
To a question whether there was not a collective
failure on the part of the government, political establishment
and judiciary in the Bhopal issue, Singh said what the
government proposed to do has been made clear by the GoM whose
report has been endorsed by the Cabinet.
"It is a fact, it is true that our judicial processes
are time consuming. That it should have taken 25 years before
the case could be decided is something that we have to reflect
about and the inadequacies of our judicial system," he said.