Chennai, Feb 27: The Vedanta Group on Wednesday moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to allow re-opening of the Sterlite Copper Smelter plant at Tuticorin.
This followed the February 18 Supreme Court order, asking the company to approach the Madras High Court, while passing orders
on the Tamil Nadu government's plea against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order giving the nod to re-open the plant. Following this, the Vedanta Group filed a petition in the High Court seeking a direction to the government to re-open the plant.
The Apex Court had on February 18 set aside NGT order to reopen the Vedanta Group's Sterlite Copper Smelter plant at Tuticorin. Allowing the appeal filed by the State government against the December 15, 2018 NGT order directing the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to pass fresh orders of Renewal of Consent (RoC) and issue authorisation to Vedanta Limited to handle hazardous substances, a Bench led by Justice Rohinton Nariman concluded that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain the appeal by Vedanta, against the closure of the plant.
The Apex Court also gave Vedanta the liberty to move the High Court for any interim relief, even as the plant remained closed, much to the delight of the anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin, where more than 1,500 police personnel were deployed on security in anticipation of the court verdict.
The court has not gone into the merits of the case and peremptorily set aside the NGT's decision on the ground of maintainability alone. (UNI)