UK court reject attempts by Konkola Copper Mines to bring jurisdictional challenge over pollution of river

London : Over 1,800 Zambian citizens can take Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), to court in the U.K. over allegations relating to the pollution of a river there, after Britain’s Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the company to challenge the jurisdiction of British courts.

They will now be able to bring their claims for torts of negligence and breach of duty to the courts in the U.K., first initiated in 2015.

British Supreme Court judgment is seen as having wider significance for parent companies and their ability to be held liable for alleged activity abroad.

Vedanta Resources cannot appeal the jurisdiction judgment any further as its attempt to suggest recourse to the European Court of Justice during the Supreme Court proceedings was also rejected.

The judgment on Konkola Copper Mines was read in court by Lord Briggs, with the four other justices considering the case, concurring with him.

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Presently, Asif Khan is an freelancer journalist from Lucknow. He has work under Ex. Nav Bharat Times special correspondent Mr. Vijay Dixit. Worked for IBC24 News Channel as video journalist from Lucknow. Worked with 4tv special correspondent Ghanshyam Chaurasiya (UP and Bihar). Worked as special correspondent in The Dailygraph. Worked in Jansandesh Times (digital platform) under special correspondent Capt. Tapan Dixit. He is now founder of online news publishing. Aim to get this banner on higher as setup TV Channel for News Readers.Contact : Mail : Cell : +91-9389067047

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