Not received Madras HC notice on Sterlite Copper plant: Vedanta

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New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Mining major Vedanta on Thursday said it is yet to get the Madras High Court’s notice to the group’s Sterlite Copper plant on a petition seeking Rs 750 crore compensation, and added it will “evaluate further course of action” only after receiving it.

The high court on Tuesday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the police firing in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin on May 22, in which 13 people were killed.

The victims were taking part in a protest against the Sterlite Copper smelter plant.

“This is with reference to your email regarding a news item titled ‘Madras HC issues notice to Vedanta’s Sterlite on plea for Rs 7.5 bn relief’,” the London-listed company led by Anil Agarwal said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

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With Vedanta Resources still awaiting the notice, as well as the copy of the petition, from the court, the BSE filing said: “The company upon receipt of the communication, will make necessary announcement.”

The high court earlier this week issued the notice on a petition seeking Rs 750 crore towards rehabilitation of people who are affected by the pollution allegedly caused by the plant and towards relief of victims injured in the May police firing.

The court also quashed the charges slapped against six protesters under the National Security Act for their role in the violence. About 60 persons were injured in the police firing.

–IANS

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