Vizag gas leak: Supreme Court asks LG Polymers to file response in 10 days, defers NGT proceedings

29 oct 2020

Vizag gas leak: Supreme Court asks LG Polymers to file response in 10 days, defers NGT proceedings

The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred the National Green Tribunal (NGT) proceedings indefinitely and ordered LG Polymers to file its response to a Joint Monitoring Committee report highlighting many lacunae in the functioning of its Visakhapatnam plant prior to a gas leak on May 7 leaving 12 dead and several injured.A Bench led by Justice U.U. Lalit gave LG Polymers 10 days’ time as a “last opportunity” to file its objections to the report which was uploaded on the NGT website on May 23.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said the company “could not” file its response to the report after June 1 due to several unexpected reasons. The bench has scheduled it's hearing on November 16.
On June 15, the Supreme Court stayed an NGT order of June 1, which directed LG Polymers to pay ₹50 crore for the restoration of environment and payment of interim compensation to victims of the gas leak.