Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 22
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an early hearing to mining major Vedanta’s plea with regard to reopening of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu that remained closed since May 2018 over pollution concerns.
Sterlite plant was closed following a May 23, 2018 order issued by the TNPCB in the backdrop of violent protests against the unit which left 13 people dead in police firing on May 21 and 22, 2018.
A Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman did not agree to the plea for an early hearing by the company. The Vedanta’s plea has been opposed by Tamil Nadu government which had claimed that the plant had been “polluting consistently”.