OF THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST WARREN ANDERSON
First Information Report (FIR) on the disaster filed at Hanumangunj police station,
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.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) starts its investigation.
"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
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]
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal District Court issues fresh summons against
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,
CJM, Bhopal K L Sisodiya orders fresh summons to be served on Anderson
Summons served on Anderson through Interpol
Erle Slack, spokesman at Union Carbide, Danbury says " Indian courts have no
jurisdiction over Mr. Anderson or the company"
CJM, Bhopal issues bailable warrants against Anderson, UCC, UCE Hong Kong. Anderson is
reported to be unlocatable.
CJM, Bhopal, proclaims Anderson an absconder for repeatedly ignoring summons and directs
him to be present in Court on March 31, 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.
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.
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".
Criminal cases against all the accused including Warren Anderson revived in the Chief
Judicial Magistrate (CJM)'s Court at Bhopal.
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
Proclamation for Anderson's appearance in the Court of the CJM, Bhopal published in the
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
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.
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
Opposition parties question government in the Parliament on initiation of extradition
proceedings against Anderson
CBI files application before CJM, Bhopal for attachment of shares and properties of UCC in
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.
In pursuance of the above applications, the CJM, Bhopal attaches the shares and properties
of UCC in India.
The CJM, Bhopal rules that trial of the 9 Indian accused will proceed seperately from that
of foreign accused
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.
Proceedings against the 9 Indian accused begin in the Bhopal District Sessions Court of W.
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to expedite extradition proceedings against Warren
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to report on initiation of extradition proceedings
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to expedite extradition proceedings against Warren
CBI assures CJM Anil Chaturvedi that extradition proceedings against Anderson will soon
CJM Anil Chaturvedi directs CBI to present information on initiation of extradition
proceedings by September 27, 1993
CJM reprimands CBI for failing to initiate extradition proceedings
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
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
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.
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.
ANDERSON IN THE US LAW
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
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
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.