The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday ordered the State Government to seize the company premises of the LG Polymers chemical plant at Vishakapatnam, from where the leakage of the Styrene chemical occurred during the wee hours of May 7, leaving many persons dead and injured.
The Court also restrained the Directors of the Company from leaving the country without the leave of the court.
The Bench of Chief Justice J K Maheshwari and Justice Lalitha Kanneganti issued the following directions:
The Court also noted that the action taken reports filed by the State and Central Government were silent on the following issues:
After recording that the Government authorities had prayed for time to respond on these aspects, the Court also direct the Government to apprise the Court on the following additional issues, i.e.:
The Court passed the directions in a suo moto case taken by it following the deadly gas leak.
While taking suo moto notice of the tragedy on May 7, the Court had noted that Styrene is notified as a dangerous substance under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act and as per the Chemical Accident (Emergency Planning, Preparedness, and Response) Rules of 1996, certain crisis response steps need to be taken, such as formulation of Crisis alert system, central crisis group, state crisis group all the way down to local crisis group.
"It is a matter of enquiry and assessment that the provisions of the said Rules have been observed or not", the Court had observed.
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