Sterlite copper smelting factory in Thoothukudi was shut down by the TN govt. after the locals protested against the factory.
The locals staged different protests for 100 days and on the 100th-day police shoot out killed 13 protestors who rallied to the collector office.
This angered public and statewide support was given to protestor and human rights activists strongly condemned the police firing.
This made TN govt to shut down the factory, saying that Sterlite factory causes harm to the locals.
The Vedanta group alleged that these are false accusations on them and filed a petition against TN govt action.
Last month, National Green Tribunal allowed the Vedanta to reopen the Sterlite factory with few restrictions on the basis of Rtd Justice Tharun Aggarwal commission.
TN govt filed a petition against NGT in the Supreme court, MDMK leader Vaiko and social activist Fatima Babu filed a petition to close the Sterlite copper smelting factory permanently.
In the SC, TN govt said the Tharun Aggarwal’s report is on assumptions not on facts, TN demanded to reject NGT’s judgement.
Vedanta group accused that TN seeks permanent close on the factory based on false allegations.
Hearing all the arguments on 7th of this month, Today SC has dismissed all the cases on re-opening the Sterlite factory.
And Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman denied reopening the copper smelting factory at Thoothukudi. Also directed Vedanta to further proceed in Chennai HC