A proclamation was issued on December 7, 1991 by CJM, Bhopal ordering Anderson – accused No.1, UCC, USA to present himself before the court on February 1, 1992. On February 1, 1992, the CJM declared Anderson as a fugitive from law for his non-appearance in the criminal case and proclaimed him as an absconder.
CJM, Bhopal issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against Anderson on April 10, 1992 and ordered the Government of India to seek extradition of Anderson from the USA.On February 27, 2003, the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances' presented a report to the Parliament sought an Action Taken Report from the government in the matter of Anderson's extradition without delay.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh High Court has held UCC’s parent company, Dow Chemicals Company responsible for the clean-up of the contaminated site in an ongoing case. Also Bhopal Court has asked Dow to appear before it on November 12, 2014 for its failure to ensure appearance of UCC. It is quite unlikely that had Anderson been alive, Department of Justice, Government of USA would have served the summons to him in pursuance with its obligations under MLA.
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