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Sterlite Plant Reopening Case: SC Refuses Reopening Of Vedanta's Plant, Grants Liberty To Approach HC

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| February 18 , 2019 , 13:16 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday set aside an order by National Green Tribunal (NGT) which had cleared the way for reopening Vedanta’s south Indian copper smelter, in a blow to the company’s plans to begin operations.

The apex court ruled that the NGT had no jurisdiction to order reopening of the plant. A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran asked Vedanta to approach the High Court and since the Thoothukudi plant has been locked up for quite some time, they could urge the High Court Chief Justice for an expeditious hearing and interim relief.

The court was hearing a plea by Vedanta group seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to implement the NGT order which had set aside the government's decision to close the plant.

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The shutters of the plant were pulled down on 28 May 2018, after allegations that Sterlite polluted the groundwater and caused cancer.

On 22 May 2018, thousands of residents of Thoothukudi took to the streets and over 13 were killed, 200 injured when the police opened fire.

Six days later, the Tamil Nadu government had ordered the state pollution control board to seal and "permanently" close the plant.

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