CHRONOLOGY OF THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST WARREN ANDERSON

3/12/1984
First Information Report (FIR) on the disaster filed at Hanumangunj police station, Bhopal.

7/12/84
Anderson along with Indian officials arrested in Bhopal and released on bail, Anderson escorted to New Delhi on a special government aircraft and allowed to leave the country.

COPY OF ANDERSON'S BAIL BOND [Translated from Hindi] Bond December 7, 1984
I, Warren M Anderson s/o John Martin Anderson am resident of 63/54 Greenidge Hills Drive, Greenidge, Connecticut, USA. I am the Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, America. I have been arrested by Hanumanganj Police Station, District Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India under Criminal Sections 304 A, 304, 120 B, 278, 429, 426 & 92. I am signing this bond for Rs. 25,000/- and thus undertaking to be present whenever and wherever I am directed to be present by the police or the Court.

Signed : Warren M. Anderson
Note: Mr. Anderson's signature was obtained after the language of this bond was translated in to English by Mr. Gokhale and read out to Mr. Anderson.

8 /12/1984
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) starts its investigation.


26/3/1985
"We have no evidence whatsoever that sabotage was behind the incident in Bhopal" Anderson tells Henry Waxman at the joint hearing before US House of Representative Committee.


1/12/1987
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) files charge sheet against Warren Anderson, chairman of UCC, and eleven other accused including UCC (USA), Union Carbide (Eastern) Hong Kong, and UCIL.Anderson is charged under Indian Penal Code sections 304 [culpable homicide, punishable by 10 years to life imprisonment and fine], 320 [causing geievous hurt punishable by 10 years to life imprisonment and fine], 324 [causing hurt, punishable by 3 years imprisonment and/or fine] and 429 [causing death and poisoning of animals, punishable by 3 years imprisonment and/or fine]


16/5/1988
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal District Court issues fresh summons against Warren Anderson.

6/7/1988
Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Bhopal, issues letter rogotory to the U.S. Administration seeking permission for the CBI to inspect the safety systems installed at the MIC unit of UCC's premier pesticide plant in the town called Institute in the State of West Virginia, USA.

16/7/1988
CJM, Bhopal K L Sisodiya orders fresh summons to be served on Anderson

24/9/1988
Summons served on Anderson through Interpol

2/11/1988
Erle Slack, spokesman at Union Carbide, Danbury says " Indian courts have no jurisdiction over Mr. Anderson or the company"

15/11/1988
CJM, Bhopal issues bailable warrants against Anderson, UCC, UCE Hong Kong. Anderson is reported to be unlocatable.


9/2/1989
CJM, Bhopal, proclaims Anderson an absconder for repeatedly ignoring summons and directs him to be present in Court on March 31, 1989

14/2/1989
The U.S. Administration grants permission to the CBI to inspect the safety systems of UCC's pesticide plant at Institute, West Virginia, USA, for purposes of comparison of the safety standards with that of the safety systems installed at the Bhopal plant.

14-15/2/1989
While the matter relating to payment of interim compensation was being heard before the Supreme Court of India, UCC and the Government of India (GOI) reached a settlement. The settlement stipulated inter alia that UCC would pay 470 million US dollars as compensation and the GOI would withdraw the criminal cases instituted against the accused in the Bhopal gas leak disaster case.

Public protest against the unjust settlement followed by filing of a number of review and writ petitions against the settlement in the Supreme Court by the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangatan (BGPMUS), the Bhopal Group for Information and Action and other support groups.


3/10/1991
Supreme Court of India revoked criminal immunity granted to UCC and all other accused in the Bhopal gas leak disaster case in response to review and writ petitions filed by BGPMUS, and others. Union Carbide describes the Supreme Court of India's final order on lifting criminal immunity as "unfortunate".

11/11/1991
Criminal cases against all the accused including Warren Anderson revived in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM)'s Court at Bhopal.

7/12/1991
Proclamation issued by CJM, Bhopal ordering Warren Anderson - accused No.1, UCC (USA) - accused No.10, and UCE (Hong Kong) - accused No.11, to present themselves before the CJM on 1/2/92.


1/1/1992
Proclamation for Anderson's appearance in the Court of the CJM, Bhopal published in the Washington Post.

1/2/1992
The CJM declares Anderson, UCC (USA) and Union Carbide Eastern (Hong Kong) as absconders for non appearance in the criminal case. The CJM orders attachment of property of Anderson

21/2/1992
Proclamation of CJM published in the Washington Post declaring UCC (USA) an absconder and ordering UCC to present itself before the CJM on 27/3/1992. 

27/3/1992
CJM, Bhopal issues non-bailable warrant of arrest against Warren Anderson and orders the Government of India to seek extradition of Anderson from the United States. Acceding to UCIL's request, the CJM postpones attachment of UCC's properties in India. UCC spokesman Tom Faillah says any attempt to extradite Anderson by India will be "disgraceful".

19/4/1992
Opposition parties question government in the Parliament on initiation of extradition proceedings against Anderson

23/4/1992
CBI files application before CJM, Bhopal for attachment of shares and properties of UCC in India.

29/4/1992
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangatan (BGPMUS)Bhopal Group for Information & Action (BGIA) and Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) file application before the CJM, Bhopal for attachment of shares and properties of UCC in India.

30/4/1992
In pursuance of the above applications, the CJM, Bhopal attaches the shares and properties of UCC in India.

22/5/1992
The CJM, Bhopal rules that trial of the 9 Indian accused will proceed seperately from that of foreign accused

22/6/1992
The criminal case (R.T.No.2792/87) was committed to the Session Court for trial. The CJM, Bhopal, ordered all those accused, who were appearing before it ie the Indian accused to appear before the Session Court on 17/7/92 to face trial.

17/7/1992
Proceedings against the 9 Indian accused begin in the Bhopal District Sessions Court of W. A. Shah

29/9/1992
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to expedite extradition proceedings against Warren Anderson.


10/4/1993
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to report on initiation of extradition proceedings

25/5/1993
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to expedite extradition proceedings against Warren Anderson

28/5/1993
CBI assures CJM Anil Chaturvedi that extradition proceedings against Anderson will soon begin.

28/7/1993
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to present information on initiation of extradition proceedings by September 27, 1993

27/9/1993
CJM reprimands CBI for failing to initiate extradition proceedings

8/12/1993
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mr. Eduardo Faleiro tells the Indian Parliament " CBI has prepared documents along with affidavits for the extradition of Mr. Warren Anderson, former UCC Chairman, in connection with the Bhopal gas disaster."


22/9/1994
CBI admits before the court of CJM Aloke Dutt Jha that there has been a delay in the extradition of Mr. Anderson and seeks one month time to report on extradition proceedings. 


19/11/1996
CBI for the first time filed a statement before the CJM, Bhopal on the steps taken in the matter of extradition of Warren Anderson stating that the matter of extradition was being re-examined in the light of the Supreme Court judgement dated 13.9.1996.

28/11/1997
BGPSSS, BGIA and BGPMUS again pleaded before the CJM, Bhopal to direct the CBI and the Government of India to seek extradition of Warren Anderson and authorised representatives of UCC (USA) and UCE (Hong Kong) to face criminal trial in India.

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ANDERSON IN THE US LAW SUIT

Nov. 15, 1999 - Class action complaint is filed by seven individual plaintiffs and five victims and support organizations.Anderson and Union Carbide Corporation,USA are named as defendants. Mr. Raj Sharma and Mr. Kenneth Mccallion of Goodkind, Labaton, Rudoff & Sucharow (GLRS)represent the plaintiffs.

Nov. 18, 1999 - Effective service of process on Carbide is accomplished at their Danbury offices.

Nov. 21, 1999 - Process servers inform plaintiffs' counsel at GLRS that Anderson's Long Island address is a vacant lot.

Nov. 25, 1999 - Process servers inform plaintiffs' counsel at GLRS that service on the New York condo is not effective service since its only a mailing address.

Nov. 30, 1999 - Carbide's defense counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren, writes to Judge Keenan regarding briefing schedule in this case in a letter where it clearly claims to represent "defendants" (plural) indicating Carbide and Anderson.

Dec. 5, 1999 - Process servers inform GLRS that Anderson's Vero Beach address is "windswept" and abandoned-looking; plus a neighbor tells them she "knows all about the lawsuit" but that Anderson has not been at this address "since last season" and "tends to keep a low profile."

Dec. 10, 1999 - Plaintiffs' counsel GLRS writes to Kelley Drye requesting that, since they claim to represent "defendants", will they accept authorized service of process for Warren Anderson?

Dec. 10, 1999 - Carbide's attorney, William A. Krohley, writes back as follows "neither I nor my office is authorized to accept service of the enclosed summons and complaint for Warren Anderson."

January 3, 2000 - Plaintiffs' counsel files amended class action complaint. On phone with GLRS, without confirming or denying that his firm represents Anderson, Krohley indicates that his firm will consider whether or not to accept service for him.

January 6, 2000 - Krohley writes another letter to Judge Keenan "to fix a new briefing schedule for Union Carbide's [singular] motion to dismiss."

January 7, 2000 - Plaintiffs' counsel writes to Krohley noting that his letter only mentions Carbide and demanding a response "as per our phone conversation" about whether or not Kelley Drye will accept service of process for Anderson.

January 13, 2000 - Mr. Krohley leaves GLRS a voice mail indicating that they will not accept service for Anderson and that we should try to trace his present whereabouts "if you can." In closing, he says: "Good luck."

March 8,2000 - Mr. Krohley indicates to GLRS that they would, now, be willing to accept service on behalf of Warren Anderson and tried to suggest that he had not been evading service but has had "some heart trouble" lately.