Supreme Court defers hearing on Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant plea to January 29

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jan 24, 2019, 04:37 PM(IST)

File photo of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu. Photograph:( Reuters )

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At least 13 people were killed and several injured on 22 May last year when police opened fire on a large crowd of people protesting against environment pollution being allegedly caused by the plant.

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday said that it will resume the hearing on Vedanta's plea regarding Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on January 29, ANI reported.

According to media reports, the Apex Court on Thursday ordered the Tamil Nadu government to immediately provide power supply to the Sterlite plant in Tuticorin.

The top court had earlier this month refused to stay the green tribunal’s order of setting aside the state government’s decision to close Vedanta’s Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.

On 15 December, the NGT had set aside the Tamil Nadu government order for closure of mining company Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin saying it was “non-sustainable" and “unjustified".

The Tamil Nadu government had, on 28 May, ordered the state pollution control board to seal and “permanently" close the mining group’s copper plant following violent protests over pollution concerns.

At least 13 people were killed and several injured on 22 May last year when police opened fire on a large crowd of people protesting against environment pollution being allegedly caused by the plant.

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