Visakhapatnam gas leak case: Andhra Pradesh HC grants bail to LG Polymers CEO, other accused

South India

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted bail to LG Polymer's CEO Sunke Jeyong, director DS Kim, Operations Additional Director PP Mohan Rao and eight other accused in Vizag's LG polymer gas leakage incident.


The gas leak incident took place on May 7 this year. It had claimed 12 lives after which cases were filed against the LG Polymers management.

Two months after the gas leak mishap at LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam, 12 persons were arrested in connection with the incident on July 8 and were sent to remand till July 22. 

Earlier last month, police had said that the judicial remand of 12 accused, including the CEO and two directors of the company, had been extended till August 5.

After 2 months, the High Power Committee headed by Neerabh Kumar Prasad, special CS (EFS&T) has submitted its report to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on July 6.

In the investigation, the High Power Committee found that negligence on the part of the management led to the disaster that killed 12 people. The probe revealed that the warning system in the factory did not function when the mishap occurred leading to the fatalities.

The HPC investigation report said that it has mentioned at 36 places about how the alarm system did not function and the siren did not go off, stressing on the lapse of preventive mechanism. It further aid that the incident qualifies to be a 'major accident' under the definition of Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules (MSIHC), 1989 Act.


With inputs from Agency

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