The Statesman, New Delhi, May 4, 2007
NEW DELHI, May 4: The government today assured that it would take action against Dow Chemicals, the multinational company which took over the controversial Union Carbide in 2001, if the company is found guilty with respect to reports that it bribed Indian officials to get its products registered.
Ms Brinda Karat of the CPI-M alleged in the Rajya Sabha that these
products are banned in the US and other developed countries due to
adverse effect on children, and demanded blacklisting of the company.
The issue was raised by BJP MP S S Ahluwalia who cited reports of US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) about confessions by Dow Chemicals regarding it having bribed Indian officials some years ago for securing approval of its products.
The MP also queried the minister about the MNC allegedly pressuring the government to get rid of its financial liability for clean up of the Bhopal toxic waste.