Prosecute LG Polymers management, demands ex-bureaucrat EAS Sarma
Former bureaucrat and environmental activist E.A.S. Sarma has demanded the prosecution of the promoters and the senior managers of the LG Polymers for toxic gas leakage from its plant here, which has killed eight people and affected hundreds.
 
The former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer wrote a letter to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy urging him to fix responsibility on Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) and the officers of the industrial safety wing for allowing such an industrial unit to expand operations and resume manufacturing.
 
He said when the first phase of the recent lockdown ended, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) was apparently granted to LG Polymers, ostensibly on the ground that it was an "essential" industry. "By no stretch of imagination, a plastics manufacturing unit like this can be called essential. Someone senior in the government should be held responsible for this lapse."
 
Sarma alleged that the South Korean company was constantly pampered by successive governments.
 
"It stands on government ceiling surplus land valuing hundreds of crores of rupees and the company had dragged the government into litigation, when the government tried to take back the land. Despite this, how did the APPCB grant Consent for Establishment (CFE) and Consent for Operation (CFO) around the beginning of 2019 for the unit's expansion? APPCB did not apparently take clearance either from the state government or from the Union Ministry of Environment," said Sarma, a former secretary to Government of India.
 
He said the APPCB should not have allowed the expansion as this unit was highly polluting one and was close to residential areas.
 
"This is not the first industrial accident to take place in the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. Around 30 to 40 accidents took place in the past resulting in several workers and civilians losing their lives, with no promoter prosecuted and no officer of the state government punished. It implies collusion between the officers and the promoters of the polluting industries. I would not be surprised if the promoters have had support from the political leaders of all hues," wrote Sarma.
 
"Pollution in principle reduces the body's immunity to diseases like corona. It is ironic that both the Centre and the State should jointly encourage activities such as liquor sales and industrial pollution that weaken human immunity at a time when the country is facing an unprecedented crisis due to coronavirus spread," he added.
 
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    15 migrants run over by goods train in Maharashtra
    In a tragic incident at least 15 migrant workers, who were sleeping on the railway tracks while going back to their native places were run over by a goods train between Maharashtra's Jalna and Aurangabad, officials said on Friday.
     
    A senior railway official confirmed that 15 migrant labourers were run over by a goods train between Jalna and Aurangabad of Nanded Divison of South Central Railway.
     
    The official said that the incident happened around 5.30 a.m. on Friday when the migrant workers, who were on way back to their homes and sleeping on the railway tracks.
     
    However, it is yet not clear from where this group hailed and where they were going.
     
    Amid the nationwide lockdown, thousands of migrant workers stranded in several other cities have started their journey to return to their native places on foot.
     
    The interstate bus service, passenger, mail and express train services have been suspended since March 24.
     
    The railways has started running Shramik Special trains to transport the stranded migrants to their native places since May 1.
     
    Till Thursday railways has run 201 Shramik Special trains.
     
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    SC extends time for filing arbitral proceedings, cheque bounce cases
    The Supreme Court, taking into consideration the difficulty faced by lawyers and litigants during lockdown, on Wednesday extended the limitation period prescribed for initiating arbitral proceedings and the cheque bounce cases with effect from March 15 till further orders.
     
    On March 23, the top court had invoked its plenary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, to extend the limitation period of appeals from High Courts or tribunals. This direction was passed after taking into consideration the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The court on Wednesday extended the same relief to litigants and lawyers for arbitral proceedings and cheque bounce cases.
     
    A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Hrishikesh Roy said: "In view of this Court's earlier order dated March 23 passed in Suo Motu Writ Petition and taking into consideration the effect of the Covid-19 and resultant difficulties being faced by the lawyers and litigants and with a view to obviate such difficulties and to ensure that lawyers/litigants do not have to come physically to file such proceedings in respective Courts/Tribunal across the country including this court, it is hereby ordered that all periods of limitation prescribed under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 shall be extended with effect from March 15, till further orders to be passed by this court in the present proceedings."
     
    The top court observed that in case the limitation has expired after March 15, then the period from March 15 till the date on which the lockdown is lifted in the jurisdictional area where the dispute lies or where the cause of action arises, will be extended for a period of 15 days after the lifting of lockdown.
     
    The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 provide fixed time periods to litigants to initiate arbitral proceedings and cheque dishonour cases. The proceedings become time-barred if filed after the statutory periods.
     
    The court took up the matter through video conferencing and issued notice on the plea that such a relief from filing cases within a particular statutory time period is extended to all legal proceedings.
     
    Earlier, the top court took suo-motu (on its own) cognizance of the problems faced by lawyers and litigants due to the pandemic in filing appeals from high courts or tribunals within fixed time. The top court had extended the time by invoking its plenary powers under the Constitution.
     
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