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Apex Court Declines to Grant Interim Relief to Vedanta for Reopening its Sterlite Copper Smelting Plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu

Lawstreet Journal 3 Dec 2020 11:21pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Apex Court Declines to Grant Interim Relief to Vedanta for Reopening its Sterlite Copper Smelting Plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu

The Apex Court refused the interim plea filed by Vedanta seeking relief to reopen its Sterlite Copper smelting plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu till the final disposal of the case.

Earlier justices T.S. Sivgnanam and V. Bhavani Subbaroyan of Madras high court passed a lengthy Judgment of 815-page judgment wherein the bench observed that the unit had violated environmental laws. After hearing both parties at length, the judgment was reserved on 8 January 2020 before a division bench of Madras High Court wherein the bench dismissed the 10 writ petitions filed by Vedanta.

Sterlite Copper smelter has been shut since May 2018 on orders of the Tamil Nadu government after mounting protests over the unit’s alleged environmental pollution boiled over into a confrontation between police and protesters.

Vedanta moved the Apex Court by way of appeal aggrieved from the order of Madras high courts for not allowing the mining company to reopen the copper smelter in Thoothukudi.

During the hearing for interim relief, the villagers vehemently opposed the plea for reopening of Sterlite plant even on a trial basis. The villagers claimed that wells in the area have dried up and drinking water has turned poisonous impacting the health of the people.

The argument put forth by the counsel for Vedanta that the opening of the plant was a necessity as it employs 4,000 people and provides benefits to over 20 lakh people.

Further, the counsel for Vedanta added that the high court's order was not based on principles of natural justice. It contended that the HC heard… Continue Reading...

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