Sterlite: Tamilnadu files caveat in SC

Chennai: Tamilnadu government today filed a caveat petition in the Supreme Court in the issue of closing down the Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi.

Sources said that petition has been filed as there are chances that the Vedanata group which owns Sterlite might approach the apex court to reopen the industry.  The government has asked the Court not to issue any order in the issue without its consultation.

Meanwhile, sources said the government has decided to file a contempt of Court petition against the Central government for not forming the Cauvery Management Scheme as ordered by the Supreme Court.

The apex court on 18 May approved the scheme proposed by the Central government in the Cauvery issue and said that it should be constituted before the onset of the monsoon.

However, this has not been formed till now. It may be noted that the Supreme Court has earlier dismissed Tamilnadu's plea seeking initiation of contempt against the centre for the delay in the finalisation of the Cauvery scheme.

The top court, in its verdict delivered on 16 February raised the 270 thousand million cubic feet or tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamilnadu's share, while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.