Despite strong objections from counsels of Vedanta over allowing impleading pleas in the case relating to reopening the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant in Thoothukudi, the Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed impleadment of intervenors including MDMK leader Vaiko and Fathima, a professor, opposing the reopening of the plant.
Also, the bench while allowing other petitioners such as S Raja, Raju Hari Raghavan, KS Arjunan to be impleaded said, “We find from the facts placed before us that all these persons have played a role in one or more proceedings either before NGT or this court or Supreme Court. Apart from the above, two of them have appeared before committee headed by Justice Tarun Agarwal and one of the petitioners was detained under Goondas Act for his participation in the agitations to close the petitioner’s industry.”
However, the bench dismissed all the 21 petitions filed in support of Sterlite after holding that they are either dependents on the petitioners Industry or they are downstream industries, or they have in some manner benefited on account of Sterlite. “We are of the view that these petitions are counterblast to the other impleading petitioners with a view to create a check mate for the prayer for impleadment. Hence dismissed,” the bench held while posting the case for further hearing to June 20.