Vedanta group firm Sterlite Copper has approached the Supreme Court, seeking access to its closed smelter in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu to carry out maintenance.
The SLP also urged the apex court “to grant all approvals, permits, licences, certificates etc. that stood withdrawn or cancelled by the various statutory authorities.” Vedanta, which runs Sterlite Copper, has sought the Supreme Court to “issue an interim direction permitting it to complete its turnaround shut-down activities that it was conducting and which were stopped abruptly as a result of the illegal closing/sealing of the plant.”
The plant was ordered shut after 13 people protesting against the plant died in police firing in May last year. The local people were protesting against the environment pollution caused by the plant when the incident happened in May last year.