Arjun Singh sold his integrity here
Posted June 12, 2010on:
The Union Carbide’s guest house at Shamla Hills in Bhopal where Arjun Singh, then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, sold his integrity for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver to Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson on December 7, 1984, facilitating his flight in the State government plane from the Indian law. Anderson is wanted in India for crimes under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder – punishment imprisonment for life or up to 10 years in jail), 324 and 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means – sentence up to ten years), 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc – sentence up to five years) read with Section 35 (criminal liability of every person involved).
The bail in the offences can be granted by a court of law. But Arjun Singh’s cronies, then Bhopal Collector Moti Singh and Superintendent of Police (SP) Swaraj Puri, effected a sham bail in the amount of Rs 25000 for Anderson, took him honourably to airport where the State government plane, under orders of the chief minister, was already waiting for the person responsible for the Bhopal gas leak disaster. The Collector and the SP saluted Anderson before he boarded the plane to Delhi on his way to America and freedom.