Court issues notices over toxic gas leak

Counsel said reports from KU on gas leak were submitted to Karachi commissioner


​ Our Correspondent March 06, 2020
Men wearing face masks wait to see their relatives who were admitted after being affected from a suspected gas leak, at the hospital entrance in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) sought on Thursday the replies from parties on a plea pertaining to deaths caused by the toxic gas leak in Keamari.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Justice Irshad Ali Shah heard the petition requesting probe into the incident and to seeking the payment of compensation to the victims’ families.

Keamari Port Trust (KPT) officials, and others, appeared in the court while counsels for the parties submitted power of attorney.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Advocate Irfan Aziz, argued that poisonous gas emissions in Keamari caused the loss of many valuable lives. He maintained that reports from the University of Karachi and other relevant institutions on the emission of toxic gas were submitted to Karachi commissioner and asked that the court bind the commissioner to make the report public. He said that disciplinary action should be taken against the accused.

It was urged that the relevant agencies should be bound to make the investigation of the incident transparent and bring facts in public’s knowledge.

Counsels for KPT and others sought time for submitting replies on the plea, at which the court ordered the parties to submit the replies by April 8.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2020.

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