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14 Okt 2009

Business Standard [India]

Vedanta condemns UK agency's findings [India]

Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) has condemned the findings of UK National Contact Point, a British government agency which accused London-based Vedanta Resources, the parent company of VAL, of overlooking the interests of local communities in its Orissa projects... VAL questioned the legal right of UK-based agency to comment on the possible impact of a project being developed in India and considered its interference to be against the nation's sovereignty. “We condemn the findings of the UK-based agency. Our bauxite mining project at Niyamgiri hills has been cleared by the Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in India. It is inappropriate for the agency of any other country to comment on a project being developed in India”, Mukesh Kumar, chief operating officer of VAL's Lanjigarh project told Business Standard.

Part of the following timelines

UK: Govt. criticizes Vedanta for breaching OECD guidelines, not respecting rights of indigenous Dongria Kondh in Orissa mining project.

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)