The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) to file a report on the action taken on the cracker units in Sivakasi which were found to have violated the law.
A division bench comprising Justices S. Rajeswaran and T. Mathivanan issued the directions to ASG K.K. Senthilvelan while hearing the public interest litigation seeking compensation to all the victims of the explosions in a cracker unit in Sivakasi that claimed the lives of 39 people.
Elaborating on the action taken after the explosions, the ASG told the court on Wednesday that the license of Om Sakthi Fireworks, where the blasts had occurred, was cancelled based on the report submitted by a commission constituted by the Central government under Section 9 (A) of the Explosives Act, 1864.
Several other units that were found to have violated the safety norms were issued warning notices, he added.
The judges, in their order, instructed the Assistant Solicitor General to verify what safety measures the cracker units had taken following the issue of the notices.
They also directed the divisional revenue officer of Sivakasi to file a report on the ‘factual position’ of the cracker units in Sivakasi.
While hearing the writ filed by G. Murugesan, the father of M. Arumugam, a victim who lost his limbs in the incident, the judges asked the Assistant Solicitor General to ascertain if the compensation of Rs 50,000 that was disbursed to victims who sustained similar injuries similar to Mr Murugesan was given to the petitioner as well.
The judges also asked Dr Pranab Nirmal from the Sivakasi Government Hospital, Subbulakshmi, Virudhunagar Collector’s personal assistant and the assistant director of factories, who were present at the court, to visit the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital, where Mr Arumugam was admitted.
They asked the officials to file a report on the nature of his injuries.
The case has been adjourned to July 4