Arjun Singh blames Delhi for releasing Anderson

Hindustan Times 19 June 2010

Congress leader breaks silence on Bhopal gas tragedy, points finger at Delhi

HT EXCLUSIVE BY NK SINGH

BHOPAL: Breaking his silence the first time on the roiling controversy of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson’s release from Bhopal, Arjun Singh said he had “no locus standi on the matter. He spoke exclusively to Hindustan Times on the phone.

When asked if he wanted to clear the controversy, Singh told HT, “I have no locus standi on this issue,” virtually lobbing the controversial ball back into then-central government’s court.

The Congress has reacted sharply to then-foreign secretary M.K. Rasgotra’s comment that the Rajiv Gandhi government had promised “safe passage”  to Anderson. Continue reading “Arjun Singh blames Delhi for releasing Anderson”

Anderson was given VVIP send-off on a state plane

Hindustan Times 11 June 2010

NK SINGH

BHOPAL: Four days after the gas leak, an army of Indian and foreign media persons waited for Union Carbide Corporation chairman Warren Anderson outside the company’s guest house for nearly eight hours only to learn later that there any had come and gone.

Anderson had flown to Bhopal from Bombay by an Indian Airlines flight to avoid public attention that a  company jet would have attracted.

He was accompanied by UCIL chairman Keshub Mahindra and managing director V.P. Gokhale.

Bhopal’s District Magistrate Moti SinghSP Swaraj Puri and a posse of policemen met them on the tarmac beside an official Ambassador  car waiting for the Carbide bosses. Followed by Singh and Puri in another car, Anderson and his colleagues were taken to the Carbide guest house.

An officer, who was part of the operation, said the team spent anxious moments at the back-gate as the lock refused to open. So, several policemen lifted the entire six-foot-high gate from its hinges to make way for Anderson’s car. Continue reading “Anderson was given VVIP send-off on a state plane”