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SC refuses to entertain Sterlite Copper’s plea for access

Metal News - Published on Mon, 15 Apr 2019

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PTI reported that the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition filed by Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper for access to its closed smelter at Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, for carrying out maintenance. A bench, headed by Justice RF Nariman, said “We are not here to control the High Court.” Thereafter, the company withdrew its plea

The company had also challenged the Madras High Court’s order, declining an early hearing of its interim application as well as the main petitions, which relate to the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board’s order shutting down the plant.

The firm, in its petition in the court, said its intention was solely to preserve its assets and for such purpose alone, commence repair and maintenance activities. It added that lack of maintenance of assets there had resulted in a loss of over INR 100 crore to it. The Supreme Court earlier this year directed the company to move the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board order shutting the plant down. The firm said the value of the Thoothukudi plant was around INR 3,000 crore and if the High Court did not allow it to restart operations, it would need to transport and assemble the equipment in another location.

On March 27, the High Court had adjourned the matter till April 23. Sterlite challenged the TNPCB’s May 23, 2018, orders refusing renewal of consent to the plant as well as permanent closure, terming them wholly illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires.

The court had earlier set aside the order of the National Green Tribunal allowing the opening of the copper unit but gave the liberty to the company to approach the High Court against the closure order.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 15 Apr 2019
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