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`Blame judiciary for delay in Bhopal verdict`

Law Min also criticised Alexander for suggesting Rajiv Gandhi had a role in release of Anderson.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily on Saturday completely blamed judiciary for the delay in delivering justice and letting of former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

Blaming the judiciary, the law minister said the government has done its job.

“Government did its job, judiciary should be blamed for the delay,” Moily said.

Commenting on the judgment, Moily said, “Such accidents should be treated as disasters.”

Taking lessons from the verdict on the Bhopal gas tragedy, the Law Ministry would work on drafting a "standalone" law to deal with man-made disasters, he added.

"The Law of Torts in India are not codified...there is a need to codify such laws," Moily said.

Moily slams Alexander

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today attacked a top aide of Rajiv Gandhi for suggesting that the then prime minister may have had a role in the release of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson accused in Bhopal gas case, saying he was a new convert to BJP-Shiv Sena camp.

"I think he (PC Alexander) had joined BJP, and with Shiv Sena`s support he became a Rajya Sabha member. He is a new
convert to the BJP-Shiv Sena and anti-Congress camp because he
was not considered for Presidentship. It is a motivated
statement," he told reporters here.

He said many persons like Alexander, former principal
secretary to Rajiv Gandhi, suddenly wanted to be martyrs. "I
think he is responsible (for Anderson`s sudden release after
his arrest in December 1984) because he was the then Principal
Secretary," he added.

Alexander had hinted that Rajiv Gandhi may have had a role
in the release of Anderson as the then prime minister could
have agreed with the decision on letting him off.