VIZAG GAS LEAK : SC REFUSED TO STAY THE ORDER PASSED BY THE NGT (NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL) BY WHICH A 5 MEMBER COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TO CONDUCT A PROBE & ASSESS THE DAMAGE INTO THE GAS LEAK.

The SC refused to stay the order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by which a five- member committee was formed to assess the damage and conduct a probe into the Vizag gas leak.

Approaching the SC against the order passed by the tribunal, LG Polymers told the Court that the incident took place on May 7, and as on date, as many as seven committees by different fora have been formed to look into the case. Committees have been directed to be formed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the NGT, and the National Human Rights Commission, to name a few.

Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for LG Polymers, told the Court that the company does not intend to stall the proceedings and has discharged its obligation by depositing the initial amount ordered by the NGT.
The Bench of Justices UU Lalit, MM Shantanagoudar, and Vineet Saran noted that the Andhra Pradesh High Court was the first to take suo motu cognizance of the leak after which it ordered for the formation of the committee.

The Court refused to stay the order on the grounds that the NGT is already seized of the matter. Thus, with the liberty given to the petitioner to approach the NGT, the Supreme Court has kept the matter pending.