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A Delhi court Wednesday allowed a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea seeking extradition of US-based former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Vinod Yadav said everyone in India wants Anderson, 90, to be extradited for world’s biggest environmental disaster.

“Why should (the) plea not be allowed as from 1992 till 2010 the CBI was regularly trying to extradite Anderson. This relates to sentiments of thousands of victim’s families,” he said.

“The CBI was not sleeping over the matter of bringing Anderson to India,” he added.

In its 33-page application, the CBI has demanded that extradition proceedings against Anderson should begin.

“There is prima facie finding of the trial court that a criminal case is made out against Anderson,” the CBI said.

It said that Anderson had full knowledge about the defective design and structure of the UCC pesticide plant and its poor safety measures that led to the leak of toxic gas on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984.

The Bhopal tragedy, the world’s worst industrial disaster, instantly killed thousands and many thousands more in the years to come.

Arrested Dec 7, 1984, Anderson was granted bail by a Bhopal court. He flew back to the US and never returned to India to stand trial.

He was declared a proclaimed offender by the court of the Bhopal chief judicial magistrate in 1993.

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