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.
A bench, headed by Justice R.F. Nariman, sought 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 to the top court, saying that the NGT has erroneously set aside various orders regarding Sterlite plant which were passed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) last year. It had said that the tribunal had consequentially directed the TNPCB to pass afresh orders of renewal of consent and issue authorisation to handle hazardous substances to the Vedanta Limited.
On December 15, the NGT had set aside the state government’s order for closure of the Sterlite copper plant, saying that it was “non sustainable” and “unjustified”.