Vedanta: SC says no to Orissa plea for early hearing

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to accord an early hearing to Orissa government's plea challenging the Centre's decision to withdraw environment clearance given to Vedanta group firm Sterlite for its bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri Hills.

Brushing aside the state government's plea, a Bench headed by Justice R V Raveendran fixed the matter for final hearing in January 2012. Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the state government, mentioned plans to build schools and dispensaries in the tribal areas around the mining site, which the company had promised to fund.

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