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Gas leak in Visakhapatnam: SC defers proceedings before NGT, grants last opportunity to LG Polymers

Lawstreet Journal 31 Oct 2020 10:49pm

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The Supreme Court on Thursday (October 29, 2020) deferred the proceedings before the National Green Tribunal in connection with the Visakhapatnam chemical factory gas leak incident in which 11 people were killed and 1,000 exposed to it.

A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit also granted LG Polymers 10 days' time as the "last opportunity" to file its objections to the report of a joint monitoring committee which was uploaded on the NGT website on May 23.

"Considering the fact that this court is now seized of the matter, we request the NGT to defer the hearing till the next order of this court," the bench said.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the company, said the company could not file its response to the report of the committee due to several unexpected reasons.

Earlier, the top court had restrained the Andhra Pradesh government and the NGT from disbursing the compensation amount of Rs 50 crore, deposited by LG Polymers India Ltd, among victims of the gas leak.

The South Korean firm, in its plea before the Andhra Pradesh High Court, had sought access to the plant, permission to clear "finished products lying in the plant" and access to original records lying in a sealed condition so that it can respond to queries of various committees probing the gas leak.

It has also challenged the order of the NGT taking suo motu (on its own) cognizance of the gas leak incident. The NGT has ruled that it has "power and jurisdiction to take suo moto… Continue Reading...


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