South Korean Employees of LG Polymer to Leave India, Permission Granted by Andhra Pradesh High Court.
– Shubhangi Zite
The Andhra Pradesh High Court granted permission to seven South Korean employees to leave India. These employees worked for LG Chem Ltd; the parent company of LG polymers limited where the leakage of styrene gas took place and lead to a large amount of destruction in Vishakhapatnam.
The bench consisting of Chief Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice Lalitha Kanneganti heard the case. The same bench granted permission who was hearing the suo moto case against the LG Polymers. The bench granted permission saying that the South Koreans have no liability related to the case.
The bench further added that ” the petitioner came to India as a part of an expert team being employees of the parent company, primarily they may not have any liability of the incident, more so, when they are not the employees of LGPI and are the employees of the parent company- LGC and come to India to assist or to find out the cause for the incident. In such a situation, we deem it appropriate to direct authorities to permit the petitioners to travel from India to South Korea.”
The petitioner approached the High Court against the order passed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police restraining them from leaving the country for the purpose of investigation.
The Court however observed that these employees had no liability in the case hence granted permission for their travel. On the related not a court on order dated 22 May, ordered the state government to seize the premises of LG Polymers chemical plant, the court has also restrained the Directors of the company from leaving the country without court permission.