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HC dissatisfied with TN G.O on Sterlite unit's closure, asks govt to take policy decision

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The today expressed dissatisfaction over the recent Government Order for shutting down the unit in and suggested that a proper G.O. be issued after taking a policy decision.

A bench of Justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed made the observation while hearing a batch of petitions against the

Sella Pandian submitted that G.O. had been issued to close down the factory. The government had also disconnected water supply while the Board (TNPCB) had withdrawn the consent given for the expansion of the unit.

Intervening, the bench said, "We are not satisfied with the government order to close the Sterlite unit. The government should take a policy decision and issue a proper order to close the unit."

district officials had on May 28 sealed the copper smelter unit of Sterlite, which had been facing protests from locals for allegedly causing pollution, after the issued the G.O.

The government had ordered the TNPCB to seal and "permanently" close the copper plant after 13 people were killed in alleged police firing during violent protests on May 22 and 23.

The court also expressed surprise over the Rs. 20 lakh compensation announced by the government to kin of those killed in police firing.

"Is the worth of human life is just Rs.20 lakh. Even the had imposed a fine of Rs.100 crore on the Sterlite unit, which means that they are causing pollution that seriously affected the environment," the bench said.

It was apparently referring to a 2013 order of the apex court, imposing the hefty fine.

The bench then adjourned the hearing of the petitions, including one by Vaiko, till June 22.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:40 IST
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