Green Tribunal’s southern bench shifts Sterlite case to Delhi

The National Green Tribunal has decided to transfer the ongoing case on Sterlite Industries copper smelter plant in Tuticorin to the principal bench in New Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: April 30, 2013 2:20:29 am

The National Green Tribunal (southern region) has decided to transfer the ongoing case on Sterlite Industries copper smelter plant in Tuticorin to the principal bench in New Delhi.

The southern region tribunal was on Monday supposed to announce a decision on an inspection report filed by a team on alleged poisonous gas leakage from the plant. The Vedanta Group company runs the country’s largest copper smelter,which was shut down a month ago after the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ordered its closure following a suspected gas leak — alleged to be sulphur dioxide from the plant.

Sterlite had filed an appeal against the order to close down the plant.

The bench said it was not inclined to continue hearing the case due to “circumstances and interventions” but refused to elaborate even when a counsel sought to know the reason.

“The expert committee report submitted to the court has not been opened yet. It will be handed over to the principal bench along with all other case papers,” said Justice M Chokkalingam,the judicial member who presided the bench. “We wanted to hear the case… An opportunity is lost,” he added,expressing the bench’s disappointment.

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