BENGALURU: On Tuesday, the Madras High Court dismissed the petition by Vedanta Resources Plc to challenge the March 2018 closure order of the Sterlite Copper smelter plant Tamil Nadu government in Tuticorin, about 610 km from Chennai, in March 2018.
The order comes as a major setback for the London-based conglomerate that had approached the HC in February last year after the Supreme Court rejected a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order allowing the plant to resume operations.
The order comes seven months after the HC reserved its judgment in the controversial case.
The Madras High Court ordered the closure of the Sterlite Copper smelter in Tuticorin on 28 March 2018,
after killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 50 others in police fire to suppress the three-month protest against the copper smelter factory. The death toll went up to 13 subsequently as more people succumbed to bullet wounds and other injuries that sparked off angry reactions from across the country.