January 8, 2019 / 6:07 AM / 4 months ago

India's Supreme Court clears reopening of Vedanta's copper smelter

NEW DELHI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Vedanta to reopen its south Indian copper smelter by refusing to stay an order from the country’s environmental court, the company’s lawyer said.

The Tamil Nadu state government appealed against the Indian environment court’s order in December to set aside Tamil Nadu’s order to close the copper smelter permanently.

The smelter was ordered shut by Tamil Nadu over alleged pollution that led to violent protests in May, culminating in police opening fire on demonstrators and killing 13. (Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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