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Sterlite closure not justified, says NGT committee

No notice was issued to Vedanta , the panel said.

No notice was issued to Vedanta , the panel said.  

Calls State’s move ‘against principles of natural justice’

A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to carry out an “independent probe” into the closure of the Sterlite Copper plant in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday said that the closure was not sustainable and “against principles of natural justice”.

“The impugned orders cannot be sustained as it is against the principles of natural justice. No notice or opportunity for hearing was given to the appellant (Vedanta Ltd). The grounds mentioned in the impugned orders are not that grievous to justify permanent closure of the factory,” read the committee’s report.

“Other issues raised also do not justify the closure of the factory even if the appellant was found to be violating the conditions or norms or directions,” the report added.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed both Vedanta and the Tamil Nadu government to file their responses within a week.

Suggestions made

The committee has also made a series of recommendations to the government and the company, which have to be followed in the event that permission for production is granted to Vedanta. In August, NGT had granted access to the company to the administrative section.

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