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High Court Orders to Keep Sterlite Copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi Shut

Lawstreet Journal 21 Aug 2020 8:55pm

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday, 18 August,2020, pronounced its much-awaited verdict stating that the Sterlite Copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi will remain shut.

The company said in a statement that the judgment came as “an utter shock to the employees of Sterlite Copper and the thousands of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members dependent on our continued operations.”

At the time of such pandemic, it will be very difficult for them to service.

All petitions filed by Vedanta Limited challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to shut down the plant were dismissed. It has been two years since the company had to shut down its operations owing to violations cited by the government.

Sterlite Copper has said it will take recourse to all legal remedies to challenge this verdict.

“We firmly believe in the safe and environmentally sound nature of our operations and are discouraged by the wilful reliance on anecdotal evidence and half-truths by certain parties to spread falsehoods against our operations.”

Pankaj Kumar, CEO, Sterlite Copper

Pankaj Kumar, the CEO of Sterlite Copper said in a statement that the company is disheartened as this move forces India to depend on neighboring countries for copper imports. Sterlite clarified that no concerns about pollution have been raised by the appropriate authorities.

The country has imported 44,000 tonnes of copper against 3.3 lakh tonnes exported in 2017-18.


Closure Order Continues to Stand

The division bench of Justices T S Sivagnanam and V Bhavani Subbaroyan pronounced the judgment at 10:30 am stating the closure order will continue to stand. This comes… Continue Reading...

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