The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to be personally present in court on December 1 in connection with a public interest litigation petition alleging that a fish meal and oil company situated at Malpe near Udupi was causing pollution in the surroundings.
The company is owned by Pramod Madhwaraj, son of the former Minister Manorama Madhwaraj.
A Division Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice A.S. Bopanna, passed the order on a petition filed by Yogesh V. Salian and two others, residents of Malpe.
The petitioners claimed that the analysis of effluents from Raj Fish Meal and Oil Company had confirmed the presence of hazardous elements, as they were not treated in a trade effluent treatment plant.
They also pointed out that though the KSPCB had issued several show-cause notices to the company for not setting up such a plant, it did not initiate any action. The plant had been operating for the past seven years without a treatment plant, the petitioners claimed. The petitioner alleged that the effluents were illegally flown down the drain or other water sources, leading to health problems for the people.