Sterlite Industries on Monday won a reprieve till mid-December on closure of its copper smelting plant, with the Supreme Court putting on hold the Madas High Court's closure order till mid-December.
A Bench headed by Justice RV Raveendran issued notices to the Centre, Tamil Nadu government and the state pollution control board asking them to explain within two weeks the reasons behind the action.
Sterlite, a part of Anil Aggarwal-led Vedanta Resources, has challenged the high court's order on the ground that the plant was being closed despite complying with green norms.
The court said its October 1 interim order, staying the high court directions would continue till second week of December, when the case would be taken up for further hearing.
The apex court has asked Sterlite to produce certain reports of National Environmental Research Institute by the next date of hearing.