Delhi court on Wednesday allowed the CBI to seek extradition of Union Carbide Corporation chairman Warren Anderson, an accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case, from the United States.
“Considering the entire facts in its holistic perspective and sentiments of the disaster-hit people, I deem it appropriate and in the interest of justice that he be extradited,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said.
Filing a 33-page application before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav, the agency said, “He is criminally liable to stand trial in India. It would be a travesty and miscarriage of justice if he is not brought before the court of law in India.”
“Warren M Anderson is liable to be prosecuted on extradition to India for offence under Section 304 IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder),” said the CBI referring to the extradition treaty of September 14, 1999 between the US and India.
“As per the provision contained in the extradition treaty dated September 14, 1999 between the USA and India, reciprocity has been granted for the extraditable offence punishable for a period of more than one year or by a more severe penalty.”
“Anderson had full knowledge about defective design of the Bhopal plant and danger of gas leakage. He was aware of better safety technology and standards available at UCC Plant in West Virginia, US, and yet he did not ensure the measures here” said the CBI.
Anderson, 90, never faced trial in connection with the world’s worst industrial disaster over 26 years ago and was declared a proclaimed offender by the court of Bhopal chief judicial magistrate in 1992 after he jumped bail, which he had secured on December 7, 1984 following his arrest.