The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the National Green Tribunals interim order,permitting Sterlite Industries Ltd to recommence operation of its copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadus Tuticorin district under the supervision of an expert committee.
The apex court said that it would not be appropriate to interfere with the interim directive issued by the green tribunal at this juncture and that the parties should wait for the final verdict. It was hearing a petition by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board,which had sought quashing of the NGTs May 31 order.
NGT had allowed Sterlite,a UK-based Vedanta Group company,to restart its copper plant in the presence of a four-member committee for supervision. The NGT is scheduled to hear the case again on July 10. The court,which has listed the matter for a mid-July hearing,asked NGTs expert committee to share with it the report on the functioning of the unit.