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Madras High Court Reserves Orders on Sterlite Copper Reopening Plea

Metal News - Published on Thu, 09 Jan 2020

Image Source: Vedanta Sterlite Copper
The Madras High Court Bench of Justices TS Sivagnanam and Bhavani Subbaroyan has reserved orders in the plea filed by Vedanta challenging the closure of its Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi. Following the conclusion of arguments, orders were finally reserved in the matter on January 8. The petition was moved in February last year, after the Supreme Court granted Vedanta liberty to move the High Court in this regard.

Vedanta’s Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi was shut down by the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board in 2018, citing violations of environmental laws. The closure order was passed immediately after the plant had turned into a protest site, with citizens opposing the expansion of the plant. The order was supported by the State government, which endorsed the same within a week.

In February 2019, the Supreme Court set aside a December 2018 NGT order that had allowed the reopening of the Sterlite plant. However, the order was set aside on the ground that the NGT did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the case. Therefore, Vedanta was allowed to move the High Court against the orders passed against it, leading to the present plea.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jan 2020
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