Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday said the state government will go for an appeal against the National Green Tribunal (NGT)'s order to reopen Vedanta Ltd's copper smelter plant, Sterlite Copper, in Tuticorin.
Speaking to reporters in Salem about 360 km from here, Palaniswami said the state government had ordered the closure of Sterlite plant. "The state government will appeal against the NGT's order," Palaniswami said. Similar views were expressed by Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control K.C. Karuppannan. Speaking to reporters, Karuppannan said Chief Minister K. Palaniswami is firm on closing down the Sterlite Copper smelter plant, adding: "The state government will challenge the NGT order in the Supreme Court." On Saturday, the NGT set the stage for reopening of the Vedanta's Thoothukudi-based copper smelting plant by setting aside the Tamil Nadu government's order to close it permanently, and directed the state pollution control body to pass a fresh order allowing renewal of consent for the plant within three weeks. Meanwhile, PMK Founder S. Ramadoss said the NGT's decision is on expected lines, and therefore, neither surprising nor shocking. Ramadoss said the order to reopen the copper smelter plant, popularly known as Sterlite Copper, shows that the corporate dominance has won. According to Ramadoss, the state government is not interested in closing down the smelter plant but ordered the closure to calm down the situation in Tuticorin after the police fired at a procession against the plant killing 13 persons on May 22 this year. "The state government's closure order is nothing but a self goal scored," Ramadoss said. Tamil Nadu State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) R. Mutharasan said the NGT's order is shocking and disappointing.
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it has seized assets worth Rs 20.87 crore of Dabur India Director Pradip Burman and properties worth Rs 10.28 crore of Emmar MGF Managing Director Shravan Gupta, for holding assets abroad.
The Directorate said that seizure order was issued pursuant to investigation which revealed that Burman has deposited US$32,12,000 in his account with Zurich branch of the HongKong and Sanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), in Switzerland.
The agency said in a statement, the money deposited was in contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), and the amount had not been remitted to India to date.
The ED said the seizure of assets of Gupta were made for holding US$15,40,650 in HSBC, Switzerland in contravention of the FEMA.
"Investigation conducted so far has revealed that Gupta had parked US$15,40,650 with HSBC, Switzerland and failed to produce any evidence of bringing the entire amount back to India to date," the agency said.