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CBI moves court for Anderson's extradition

PTI | 09:03 PM,Mar 22,2011

Referring to the extradition treaty of September 14, 1999 between the US and India, the investigating agency asserted that the US is bound by the mutual reciprocity principle of the treaty and is obliged to extradite him.”As per the provision contained in the extradition treaty dated September 14, 1999 between the US and India, reciprocity has been granted for the extraditable offence punishable for a period of more than one year or by a more severe penalty. “The offence involved in under section 304, 326 IPC which entails more than one year imprisonment are covered under the provision of dual criminality as these offences are punishable in India as well as in the USA,” the CBI said in its plea.The CBI moved the CMM court for its Letter Rogatory to the US authorities on the basis of arrest warrant issued against Anderson by the Bhopal Chief Judicial Magistrate on July 22, 2009.Annexing the arrest warrant to its plea, the CBI said the court had issued another arrest warrant earlier on October 11, 2002 “which was not executed by the US authorities and returned back.” Detailing its earlier bids to secure Anderson’s presence here in India to face trial, the CBI said that the Bhopal court had issued summons against him first on December 1, 1987 after filing of the chargesheet by the CBI in this case.As the CBI approached US National Centre Bureau, Washington for service of the summon to Anderson, it was told that the same could be served only through Letter Rogatory.Accordingly, the CBI got a fresh summon issued against him on July 16, 1988 which was sent for service and a report was received from the Embassy of India, Washington saying that the summons have been served to Anderson.For Anderson’s extradition, CBI is also relying on the prosecution’s evidence, proven before the trial court earlier, that the UCC management knew about the Bhopal plant’s structural defect, but ignored it in order to cut cost on the maintenance of its tanks storing highly toxic material. During the protracted trial, the witness had said the maintenance staff had brought to the management’s notice about leaking pipes needing urgent replacement. But they were told to minimise repair costs by welding the damaged pipes rather than replacing them. The management including Anderson has been held responsible for their failure to replace the damaged pipes which allowed water to enter the chemical storage chambers leading to leakage of deadly methyl iso-cyanate gas.

 

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Urgent action: Nitta Gelatin’s police protection for toxic sludge shipments

The Action Council against the polluting Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) at Kathikudam, near Chalakkudy in Thrissur district in Kerala State has been on peaceful and democratic protests and relay hunger strike since 2008 to invite public attention and government action defending the human and Constitutional rights of the people to live in a safe environment.

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Why the Vedanta verdict is just new wine in an old bottle

NITYANAND JAYARAMAN Activists are a cynical bunch. When a good thing happens, they wonder why.

On August 24, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh issued a well-argued order denying forest clearance to a bauxite mining project by Sterlite Industries, a Vedanta subsidiary.

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Chennai RTI activists arrested for protesting cronyist appointment of Chief Info Commissioner

CHENNAI, 1 September, 2010 — RTI Activists Gopalakrishnan, Siva Elango (Makkal Sakthi Katchi) and Madhav Vishnubhatta (Association for India’s Development) were picked up by Chennai police at 1120 a.m. They were demonstrating against the unlawful swearing-in of the former Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathy as Chief Information Commissioner without an open and transparent process. The three activists stood at the entrance to the Raj Bhavan and held placards that read “Save RTI”, “No transparency in Appointments”, “Non-transparent appointment to uphold transparency??”

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A Twist in the Tale, or the New Copernican Revolution

KAFILA.ORG Even as the rejection of Vedanta’s application to mine in Niyamgiri is being widely hailed as a victory for tribal rights, there is of course one set of very predictable voices, which has leapt in to start damage control for their corporate heroes. Thus one such cheerleader of Capital tells us that the ‘real twist’ in the script is that the ‘denial of bauxite mining in Niyamgiri’ can mean disaster for the future of a poor region and a poor state!

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