Vizag gas leak: Andhra High Court hears writs filed by South Korean nationals

South India

The three writ petitions filed by eight South Korean nationals, who come to India on May 13 to study the cause of styrene monomer leak from LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, came for hearing in the High Court on Monday.


The matters came up for hearing on Monday and it was argued by the petitioners that they do not belong to LG India and that they are employees of the parent company in Korea. 

It was further argued that the police had issued a notice asking the petitioners to be present for enquiries.The petitioners also stated that they were not being allowed to leave the country by the police.

Advocate General arguing for the State submitted that the petitioners were never stopped from leaving. 
The police had issued the notice as the delegation was on a mission to find the facts behind the accident. Hence, their inputs would be crucial for the police investigation.

It was further stated that the police had finished their enquiry and had also taken statements of the petitioners under 161 CrPC and that the Petitioners should be present before the police if it is required in the future to corroborate some evidence.

The AG further submitted to the court that the petitioners be required to file affidavits stating that they would be willing to come to India and present themselves before the police if it is required during the course of the investigation or thereafter.

The High Court observed that in case the petitioners did not appear before the police when asked, the government may approach the High Court by submitting affidavit. 

The High Court reserved the matter for orders

On May 7, styrene gas had leaked in the gas plant of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam district. As a result, 11 people, including a six-year-old girl, died and over 350 were admitted to hospitals.


With inputs from ANI

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