Moily terms former CBI officer's allegations in Bhopal gas tragedy as 'irresponsible'

     Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily on Tuesday rubbished comments of a former CBI officer, who claimed to have received a letter against pursuing the extradition proceedings in Bhopal gas tragedy case, by terming them as 'irresponsible and unjustified'. Reacting to the allegation of the former CBI officer B.R.Lal on Ministry of External Affairs, Moily said: "After retirement, many people can give many statements. I don't have any comments on that. And any responsible officer taking an excuse that he has been interfered with is absolutely an irresponsible statement and it is not done at all. And you know not at this point of time and at this distance of time he has to realise this kind of big enlightenment taking place with an investigative officer. I think we need to do something to deal with such people who will not discharge their duties, failed to discharge their duty and after retirement try to become heroes or martyrs of the situation." Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P Tiwari in Bhopal convicted the seven accused on charges of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 (a), and sentenced them to an imprisonment of two years. It may be recalled soon after the court awarded the jail term, a magistrate court in Bhopal granted bail to the seven former top executives Union Carbide. The accused were instantly released on submission of a surety of rupees 25000 by the trial court. This judgement invited wrath of leaders of almost all parties and even the Union Law Minister Moily is reported to have said that it was an instance of delayed justice.

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