Vedanta ques­tions ap­point­ment of coun­sel in tiff with Zam­bia govt

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Vedanta Re­sources on Tues­day said it plans to chal­lenge the ap­point­ment of a pro­vi­sional liq­uida­tor and the in­tended wind­ing up of its Zam­bian busi­ness with­out be­ing given a chance to be heard through lawyers of its choice, doc­u­ments filed in court show.

Ac­cord­ing to a no­tice filed in court on June 6, Vedanta wants to be rep­re­sented by lawyers Nchito & Nchito, and not those ap­pointed by the pro­vi­sional liq­uida­tor.

A court hear­ing fol­low­ing Zam­bia’s de­ci­sion to name the pro­vi­sional liq­uida­tor to run Vedanta’s Konkola Cop­per Mines (KCM) busi­ness was ad­journed un­til Tues­day with­out tackling the com­pany’s de­mands to be in­volved, Vedanta had said last week.

Vedanta wants the court to de­ter­mine “whether a con­fir­ma­tion of the pro­vi­sional liq­uida­tor and the com­pul­sory liq­ui­da­tion can be con­ducted with­out the com­pany or its di­rec­tors be­ing heard through lawyers of their choice,” the no­tice reads.

Vedanta also wants the court to de­ter­mine whether lawyers ap­pointed by the pro­vi­sional liq­uida­tor on the com­pany’s be­half can rep­re­sent it cor­rectly.

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