The Madras High Court on Friday, 1 March, refused to pass an interim order permitting Vedanta Limited to carry out at least maintenance work at its Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi. The plant was shut down by the state government and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in May last year due to environmental concerns.
After recording their submission, the judges admitted a writ petition filed by Vedanta for reopening the plant and ordered notices to all official respondents returnable by 27 March. They hoped that both the government and the board would file their counter affidavits by then and would be willing to commence arguments on the case.
Date: 02 March 2019