12-yr-old Indian-American's bid to 'summon' Anderson

12-yr-old Indian-American's bid to 'summon' Anderson

12-yr-old Indian-American's bid to 'summon' Anderson

Fight for justice: Kids for a Better Future founder Akash Mehta (left) and his brother Gautama address a press conference in front of a law office representing Union Carbide Corporation and its former CEO Warren Anderson in New York on Monday. AFP

“Today we are here to appeal to Warren Anderson and summon him to the Indian court where he has been charged with culpable homicide, which is the equivalent of manslaughter in America,” Akash Viswanath Mehta said, standing outside a skyscraper on Park Avenue, which houses the law firm that represents Union Carbide.

Mehta, along with his older brother Gautama, 15, were asked to leave the premises by the building owners who said it was a private property owned by H J Kalikow. The media was also not allowed to film on the property.

Akash who had the 1992 summons along with a criminal chargesheet in an envelope requested that the package be delivered to the legal offices of Kelly, Drye and Warren. The owners of the building responded that there was no one in the office and the activists should make an appointment or send the summons by post.

“Do you know they represent the CEO of a corporation that is absconding from justice in Bhopal, India?” said Adrianne Raff Corwin, an activist from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB).

“He (Anderson) is being charged with culpable homicide... they are protecting a man who is basically responsible for murdering thousands of people in India and he should be extradited from America,” she added.

“It is not necessary for me to be able to understand you,” responded the building representatives who refused to identify himself.

The protest was organised by ICJB and Kids for a Better Future based in New York. The two groups noted that their objective was to remind that Anderson was still absconding and needed to respond to the  charges.