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Madhya Pradesh HC admits petition seeking report on Anderson’s escape
21-11-2014

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) on Thursday admitted a petition demanding that the report of Justice SL Kochar Commission formed to investigate then Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson’s escape from Bhopal to US be made public.

Petition was moved by Jabalpur based social organisation Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch which claims “as Anderson died without being convicted, others who were involved in allowing him to flee India after the Bhopal gas tragedy would also go scot-free.”

“It’s almost four year since this commission was constituted and the world is still awaiting to hear its findings and name of culprits. Just because key accused in the case is dead, others involved cannot be let free. The report should be made public so that those involved can be brought to book,” said the petitioner PG Najpande.

During the hearing counsel for the state government argued that Justice Koacher’s report has already been submitted in the court in another case related to the world’s biggest disaster.

The high court heard the argument and merged this petition with another petition filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sanghathan that is in the court in connection with a case related to rehabilitation of Bhopal gas disaster victims.

Deadly methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Carbide plant in Bhopal on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, killing over 3,000 and injuring thousands of others in the world’s worst industrial disaster.