Sterlite case: The Supreme Court puts aside the NGT order

By: Kirit Patel Date: 2019-02-18

In an interim order the Supreme Court of India questioned the NGT’s judgement that reversed the TN government’s order directing closure of the Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi. The Supreme Court observed that the NGT is not a constitutional court and does not have the power to examine the validity of government orders. This is an interesting decision as it clarifies the power of NGT vis a vis constitutional courts such as High Courts and Supreme Court. For more information see:

Krishnadas Rajagopal, SC sets aside NGT order allowing reopening of Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi, The Hindu, February 18, 2019.