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India Magistrate Summons Ex-Union Carbide Chairman

February 04, 1988|Associated Press

BHOPAL, India — Former Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson and other Carbide officials, charged with being responsible for the 1984 gas leak that killed more than 2,800 people, were summoned today to India.

Kanhaiyalal Sisodia, chief judicial magistrate of Bhopal, issued the order after prosecutor U. S. Prasad said a previous summons issued Dec. 1 had not been served. Prasad did not say why the summons had not been served.

At Carbide's headquarters in Danbury, Conn., spokesman Earl Slack declined to speculate on how the company will respond to the summons but said "any criminal charges against the corporation or Mr. Anderson, former chief executive officer, arising out of the Bhopal tragedy are absolutely baseless."

The Indian government has filed criminal charges alleging that Anderson and others were responsible for the Dec. 3, 1984 leak.

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