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People Are Dying, Law & Order Not an Excuse for not Re-Opening the Plant: Supreme Court Asks TN Govt to File Affidavit in Vedanta's Plea to Produce Oxygen

Lawstreet Journal 24 Apr 2021 8:40pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary People Are Dying, Law & Order Not an Excuse for not Re-Opening the Plant: Supreme Court Asks TN Govt to File Affidavit in Vedanta's Plea to Produce Oxygen

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu government to explain its position on whether it is able to take over Vedanta Ltd.'s sterlite plant, which was shut down for violating environmental laws, to produce medical oxygen.

The State Government has been given until Monday (April 26, 2021) to file its affidavit in the case, according to a bench led by CJI SA Bobde. The State Government's opposition to reopening the plant, citing the law and order situation, was not acknowledged by the Bench. "Tamil Nadu cannot claim whether you cannot open because of a law and order problem while people are dying. It has nothing to do with Vedanta or some other company. Such a point cannot be made by the state government "The CJI made a remark”.

Vedanta's appeal was rejected by Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan, who was representing the Tamil Nadu government. People have grudges against Vedanta, he asserted. "There is a complete lack of trust among the locals. There was a shooting that resulted in the deaths of 13 people. If Vedanta opens the plant, there will be law and order problems. It would be tough for the district administration to deal with "He agreed to it”.

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for organization of affected families, also submitted that people have a lot of anger against the plant. Gonsalves also referred to the submission made by Tamil Nadu Advocate General before Madras High Court that the state had surplus oxygen. So, there was no need to… Continue Reading...

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