Gas Explosions: Court permits Litro to explain gas composition

Gas Explosions: Court permits Litro to explain gas composition

Gas Explosions: Court permits Litro to explain gas composition

Written by Zulfick Farzan

14 Dec, 2021 | 3:48 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Court of Appeal on Tuesday (14) granted permission to Litro Gas to inform the court on the composition of a domestic gas cylinder and the possibility of displaying the product.

Such permission was granted when the writ application filed seeking legal action against gas companies and responsible individuals who imported and distributed unsafe domestic gas to the country was taken up at the Court of Appeal.

The application seeks legal action be taken under Criminal Law.

Senior Additional Solicitor General Farzana Jameel appearing for the Consumer Affairs Authority said steps have already been taken to recall all unused and sealed gas cylinders.

President’s Counsel Harsha Amarasekera said an assurance cannot be given for certain suggestions made in court and advice will be obtained from the gas companies with the regard to the practical implementation of those suggestions, and requested time for this purpose until Wednesday (15).

The Counsel appearing for Laugfs Holdings informed the court that Laugfs Gas has NOT changed the gas composition and the Consumer Affairs Authority has not informed to recall Laugfs Gas cylinders.

Nagananda Kodithuwakku, the petitioner, claims that incidents of gas explosions are reported daily due to the composition of the gas being changed, and thus the lives of many are at risk.

He sought relief from the court, citing that these incidents are taking place due to the negligence of the respondents.

Laugfs Holdings, Litro Gas, Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority, Director of the Sri Lanka Standards Institute, Trade Minister Badula Gunawardena, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna are among the 10 respondents named in the application.

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