Anderson was not merely allowed to leave, but was regally escorted out by police and senior government officials treating him like an honoured guest.
Four days after the world's worst industrial disaster, on December 7, the then chairman of Union Carbide Corporation landed in Bhopal to take stock of the tragedy.
He was arrested at the airport and taken to the company's guesthouse. Headlines Today secured the footage of his arrest 25 years ago. Anderson's arrest was even confirmed by the then Bhopal police chief, Swaraj Puri.
But within hours, he was granted bail and the same police force six hours later escorted Anderson out of the city in a blue government vehicle.
Moti Singh, who was then the district magistrate of Bhopal, told Headlines Today that he was asked by the then chief secretary to release Anderson.
Clearly, someone was working overtime to save Anderson. And not just in Bhopal, even in Delhi the former chairman of Union Carbide had a free run. The man responsible for the death of thousands was spotted in front of Parliament in the capital.
As he sat on a white Ambassador car, there was no sign of any remorse or tension on his face. Anderson finally left Delhi on December 7 and never returned. All efforts to bring him back to face trial in the case since then have failed.
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"The order (to fly Anderson) came to us from Captain Ashish Sodhi. Generally the orders come from the chief minister or his residence through director of aviation," Captain S.H. Ali told Headlines Today.
Narrating how it all happened, Ali said, "He came in an Ambassador car. We were waiting for him. He came along with two government officials, the SP and the collector of Bhopal. When he boarded the plane we came to know that he is Warren Anderson. There was no conversation with him."
"He was sitting quietly and kept his eyes closed. He looked tired. Tension reflected from his face," the pilot said adding that he still regretted why he didn't ask the person responsible for so many deaths anything about the incident.
Headlines Today has accessed a letter written by Sen in September 2005 to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
In the letter, Sen pleads Dow Chemical's case in connection with the Bhopal gas tragedy. Dow is the American MNC that bought Union Carbide, the company that ran the ill-fated gas plant in Bhopal.
In the letter, Sen forwards Dow's proposal seeking a final end to the litigation over the Bhopal gas leak.
"Dow's proposal for resolution of the Bhopal issue involved removing the legal overhang of government litigation," wrote Sen in the letter.
Effectively, what Dow sought, and Sen backed, was bringing the court cases over the tragedy to a quick end.
And what was the potential trade-off for the lives lost and the thousands maimed by the gas leak? In Sen's opinion, Dow would bring in billions of dollars as FDI into the country and that in turn would trigger a host of investments from other MNCs.
Speaking to Headlines Today Rajiv Gandhi had taken the decision to let off Anderson, the then chairman of Union Carbide Corporation.
He said that all the senior officials at that time were in the dark about the release of Anderson., Alexander hinted that Rajiv Gandhi and chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, were directly in touch with each other over the issue.
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In a crucial meeting called by the prime minister, Arjun Singh was present before any government official. After the meeting was over, Rajiv Gandhi and Arjun Singh spent some time alone, Alxander recollected.
Narrating about that crucial meeting held in the wee hours on December 10, 1984, Alexander said, "Everybody left one-by-one. I being in-charge of the secretariat of the prime minister had to stay back and deal with administrative problems which required urgent orders of the PM."
"No Anderson was discussed there in the meeting. I honestly do not know what eventually happened between the chief minister and the prime minister. Definitely they (Arjun and Rajiv) must have met, otherwise Arjun Singh could not have been there. He could not have known that there was going to be a CCPA meeting. His presence was needed. Probably he was asked by the PM to be there."
"So whether they decided at their level to release him... or who decided to release him without any condition or judicial process... Some person asked me this question, what was the condition under which he was allowed to go. I said I did not know anything because none of us discussed Anderson business. Anderson arrived just two days before we met at the CCPA. This meeting took place at 3 am on 10 (December)."
"I do not know whether there was a meeting between the chief minister and the prime minister before or after the CCPA. At that time of the night, for both of them to be present first of all PM's permission is necessary. These are very high-level secret meetings. Only these five ministers and two officials were allowed. Nobody else was allowed."
"I was not in the picture about his arrest so that's how I was not there in the picture about his release also. I do not know if the PM had given his views or his consent to Arjun Singh's proposal. I think they were decided. I don't know the exact time when Anderson was left in Delhi in the state plan and then he took off from there."
"He could not have left Bhopal without the knowledge and help of the state government authorities. This is my inference that in a situation like this the chief minister had really been involved in the decision at whatever level it was taken. The decision could have been taken by the prime minister in consultation with the chief minister. Or, it can be put the other way."
Making Rajiv Gandhi's role more critical in the vital decision to free Anderson, Alexander said, "When the senior authorities are present, that is the prime minister, naturally he would have taken the final decision or he would have agreed to the suggestion."
In a letter to Singh, Chouhan said that the nation was waiting for the last three days for him to reveal the name of the person who asked him to arrange the quick exit of Anderson from Bhopal.
Singh was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh at the time of the 1984 . Anderson arrived in on December 7, 1984 after the gas leak and was arrested. But he soon got bail and flew to Delhi in a Madhya Pradesh government aircraft.
Moti Singh, the district magistrate of Bhopal in 1984, has claimed that instructions to give bail to Anderson came from the chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh.