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‘Letting Anderson leave the country was not proper'

Special Correspondent

He was speaking at the inauguration of EMS Bhavan

BANGALORE: Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Monday observed that it was “not proper” to have allowed the then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson to leave the country after the Bhopal gas tragedy.

Addressing presspersons on the sidelines of the inauguration of EMS Bhavan here, he said it was unfortunate that such incidents (of the accused getting away while the victims continue to suffer) were increasing in the country.

He endorsed Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily's view that the court had treated the Bhopal gas tragedy as a car accident by diluting the charges with respect to the case.

He evaded a direct reply when asked if the Congress was trying to make its senior leader and the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh a scapegoat in the episode of allowing Mr. Anderson to leave the country. He only said that there were allegations that Mr. Singh helped Mr. Anderson leave the country. There were some other allegations that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi helped Mr. Anderson to leave the country. “It is not proper to make a comment on these allegations as more proof is yet to emerge in this regard,” he said.

When asked for his view on using military operations against naxalites, he said it was left to the Union Home and Defence Ministers to take a call on the issue.

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