Bhopal/New Delhi (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has continued to trade charges with the Congress party for letting former Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson, the prime accused in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, flee to the United States after the catastrophe.
Veteran BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa said Arjun Singh should break his silence on the issue.
Why is Mr. Arjun Singh silent? Why is he not speaking? My question to him is that after arresting Anderson, who telephoned from Delhi,” said Patwa.
“It is confirmed that telephone call came from Delhi. He should reveal, who telephoned and what was discussed,” he added.
Meanwhile in New Delhi, BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has admitted that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could have been involved in letting off Anderson.
“Pranab Mukherjee gave a statement in West Bengal and accepted that the then Chief Minister and then Prime Minister were responsible for Anderson leaving this country,” said Rudy.
“He himself clarified that law and order situation in Bhopal was so bad that they were not worried about those, who had died but the government was worried about people responsible for that crime,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh issued directions to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram-led Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted to look into all issues relating to the Bhopal gas leak disaster, to report progress on the matter to the Cabinet within ten days.
A District Magistrate”s Court in Bhopal had on June 7 convicted all eight accused on grounds of negligence under Section 304 (a) for the tragedy.
The court also granted bail to seven of the eight accused and released them on submission of a bond and a surety of Rs 25,000 each.
The eight accused are Keshub Mahendra, Vijay Gokhle, Kishore Kamdar, J Mukund, S P Choudhary, K V Shetty and S I Qureshi and R B Roy Choudhary.
Out of the accused R B Roy Choudhary, then former Assistant Works Manager Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL), Mumbai, died during the trial.
Anderson has been designated an absconder. (ANI)