Supreme Court refuses to stay NGT order of Tamil Nadu govt's decision to close Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the green tribunal's order of setting aside the Tamil Nadu government's decision to close Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.

File image of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin. Reuters

File image of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin. Reuters

A bench, headed by Justice R F Nariman, sought a response from Vedanta on the state government's appeal against the National Green Tribunal's (NGT's) order to reopen the plant.

The state had moved the top court, saying that the NGT had "erroneously" set aside various orders passed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) last year with regard to the Sterlite plant.

It had said the tribunal had consequentially directed the TNPCB to pass fresh orders of renewal of consent and issue an authorisation to handle hazardous substances to the Vedanta Limited.

On 15 December, the NGT had set aside the state government's order for closure of the Sterlite copper plant, saying it was "non-sustainable" and "unjustified".

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Updated Date: Jan 08, 2019 12:57:59 IST

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