Supreme Court to hear plea upon Aarey tree: The Supreme Court set up a single bench on Sunday to hear appeals testing the felling of trees in
Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony on a day a government allowed bail to 29 people.
who was a member of demonstrations that rocked India’s commercial capital over the claimed environmental injury to one of the city’s only green lungs?
A report put out by the SC registry said that the court had taken suo motu notice of a letter,
dated October 6 and written by law students, and set up a different bench to hear the matter on Monday at 10 am.
notice not specify number names of the judges who will be on the bench, but added that the letter managed as public interest case.
In the letter, law student Rishav Ranjan and other students urged the Supreme court to pay urgent attention to Aarey,
Where officials plan to axe around 2,646 trees to make way for a car shed for an expected line of the Mumbai Metro.
After the Bombay high court declined to stop the Metro development, the government began grounding trees late on Friday, burning demonstrations across the city.
“We believe that no idea or technicalities can bar us from coming to the Supreme Court, your lordship.[But] By the time a claim list in the Supreme Court, we feel the part of Aarey will be received with all trees axed beginning to permanent loss,” the scholars wrote.
The Aarey Milk Colony is a 1,287-hectare area covering roughly 500,000 trees joining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Mithi river. Home to hundreds of species of birds and animals, Aarey may be irreparably injured by the felling of trees.
and development of a shed where Metro rakes will be washed and repaired, say activists.
But the government aims out that only a small fraction of the total tree cover will axe, and trees many times that number will be replanted elsewhere. The government and public body have also pointed out the value of the metro in a city of 18 million that is struggling with pollution, choked roads, and traffic snarls.
Last Friday, the Bombay high court upheld the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation tree authority’s approval for the axing of 2,646 trees and refused to classify Aarey as a forest,
Which would have introduced restrictions on tree felling? Hours later, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is building the Metro-3 car shed, began cutting trees, prompting activists to gather at the site at around 11 pm on Friday. They then forced their way past the barricades, clung to the trees, and stopped MMRC workers. Police detained about 50 people and work resumed around 3 am on Saturday after the site was cordoned off.
The protesters claimed the police maltreated them; the police denied the allegation and said their personnel were injured when the activists clashed with them. At least 29 people were detained and charged under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty),
353 (assault or criminal force to stop a civil servant from discharge of his duty), and 143 and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The HC refused to stay its decision on Saturday.
Supreme Court to hear plea upon Aarey tree, On Sunday, a Mumbai sessions court granted bail to all 29 people. “All of them have been given bail by the holiday sessions court after paying -7,000. But they will have to visit the police station after every 15 days and will have to cooperate with the investigating officer,” said advocate Sonali Samuel, who represented the protesters.
The controversy continued to draw political responses. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar was briefly detained on Sunday when he tried to enter Aarey in support of the activists. He alleged that the Maharashtra government was using “muscle power” to silence those raising voices against tree felling.
In a statement, the BJP claimed that cutting trees in Aarey was done with proper permission and was not illegal. “There is no reason that the car depot would increase pollution level due to cutting of trees. While we need to cut 2,200 trees from the car depot, 13,000 new trees are going to get planted again.” the statement added.