Delhi court allows CBI to extradite Anderson

Delhi court allows CBI to extradite Anderson

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed the CBI’s plea for extradition of former Union Carbide Corporation chairman Warren M Anderson, an accused in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, from the United States, saying that “sentiments of the disaster-hit people" is linked to it.

“Considering the entire gamut of facts in its holistic perspective and the sentiments of disaster-hit people, I deem it expedient and in the interest of justice that there is no bar in law in seeking extradition of Warren Anderson from the corresponding US authorities," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said.

The court also said that there is no reason that the US authorities will not heed to the extradition plea.

“I see no ground or reason that why the US authorities would not cooperate with the CBI in extraditing Anderson. The request of the CBI for extradition of Anderson stands allowed," the CMM said.

“Let extradition request to the corresponding US authorities be sent through appropriate ministry for compliance," the court said.

The court’s order came on a CBI plea seeking permission to get 90-year-old Anderson extradited to stand trial in a Bhopal court on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the world’s worst industrial disaster that left over 15,000 people dead and maimed over five lakh besides killing thousands of animals.

The CBI argued before the court about the seriousness in getting Anderson extradited which it had been trying since 1987 when the charge sheet was filed in the case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bhopal.

“A chronology of steps taken by the CBI, right from 1992 till July 2010 in the case would reveal that the CBI was not sleeping over the matter and was conscious about its duties to bring Warren Anderson to book," the judge noted.