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Apex Court declines Vedanta’s interim plea

INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE 

New Delhi, Jan 22: The Supreme Court Friday declined to entertain a plea by Vedanta seeking early hearing on its appeal filed against the Madras High Court ordez which declined to allow the reopening of its Tuticorin plant. 

As the Tamil Nadu government had filed a special leave petition in the top court for expunging cer-tain remarks in the Madras High Court order, a bench headed by Justice RFNarimanand comprising Justices Navin Sinha and KM Joseph admitted it and tagged it with the main matter. In the meanwhile, during the hearing,

 counsel appearing for Vedanta requested the top court for an early hearing on its appeal against the Madras High Court order but the bench declined to en-tertain this plea. 

The mining major had moved the top court in August against the High Court order declining to allow the reopening of the Tuticorin plant as it had upheld the orders of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) which directed the closure of the plant in May 2018. December 2, the SC had declined 

II to entertain an interim plea by Vedanta Ltd seeking permission to inspect and operate Sterlite Copper unit at Tuticorin for four weeks to assess the pollution level. Senior advocate AM Singhvi,

 appearing for the company, had submitted that Vedanta is pro-ducing 36% of the copper demand of the country and it is a case of mala fide closure of the plant. Vedanta sought handing over of the plant for three months,

 where two months would be needed to start the unit, and in order to find out whether the plant is polluting, the company should be allowed to run it for four weeks.

 The TN government objected to these submissions and submitted before the top court that the plant has been polluting consistently. But, Singhvi contended the court should allow the company to run the plant, which would help in as-certain whether the plant is pol-luting beyond the acceptable limit 

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