Bangalore:Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily came out strongly against Former Supreme Court Chief Justice AH Ahmadi saying that Ahmadi reduced the Bhopal gas tragedy into a truck accident, media reports said. He said that one cannot treat man-made disasters like Bhopal as accidents referring to the former CJI's verdict that reduced the charges against those involved in the Bhopal gas case from culpable homicide not amounting to murder to causing death by negligence.
Justice Ahmadi headed the two-judge Supreme Court bench in 1996 that converted the CBI charge under the stringent provisions of 304-II that provided for maximum of 10-year imprisonment to Section with two-year maximum imprisonment
Ahmadi on Saturday offered to resign from the post of Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust chairman saying that it was easy for people to talk and make allegations but judges have to work as per the system.
Moily also lambasted PC Alexander, the principal secretary to Rajiv Gandhi, for suggesting that the then prime minister may have had a role in the release of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson accused in Bhopal gas case, saying he was a new convert to BJP-Shiv Sena camp.
'I think he (PC Alexander) had joined BJP, and with Shiv Sena's support he became a Rajya Sabha member. He is a new convert to the BJP-Shiv Sena and anti-Congress camp because he was not considered for Presidentship. It is a motivated statement,' he told reporters here.
He said many persons like Alexander, former principal secretary to Rajiv Gandhi, suddenly wanted to be martyrs. 'I think he is responsible (for Anderson's sudden release after his arrest in December 1984) because he was the then Principal Secretary,' he added.
Alexander had hinted that Rajiv Gandhi might have had a role in the release of Anderson as the then prime minister could have agreed with the decision on letting him off.