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Madras HC quashes FIRs against pro-Sterlite protesters

Justice GR Swaminathan passed the order on a batch of petitions filed by the protestors, including Sterlite Chief Operating Officer A Sumathi and some employees of the unit.

Published: 18th December 2021 05:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2021 05:45 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court.

Madras High Court.

By Express News Service

MADURAI:   The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Friday quashed the FIRs registered against a few persons for staging a protest at Thoothukudi Collectorate in July this year demanding permission for Vedanta Group’s copper manufacturing unit Sterlite to continue its oxygen production for Covid-19 treatment.

Justice GR Swaminathan passed the order on a batch of petitions filed by the protestors, including Sterlite Chief Operating Officer A Sumathi and some employees of the unit. The petitioners had been booked by the Thoothukudi police on charges of unlawful assembly, and violating Covid-19 restrictions.

However, Justice Swaminathan opined there is nothing on record to show that the petitioners had contributed to the Covid-19 spread. 



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