En­vi­ron­men­tal Ju­rispru­dence and the Supreme Court: Lit­i­ga­tion, In­ter­pre­ta­tion, Im­ple­men­ta­tion

by Gee­tan­joy Sahu Ori­ent Blackswan ` 695

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SINCE THE 1980s, the Supreme Court has in­ter­vened in cases in­volv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, call­ing both state and pri­vate agen­cies to task on en­vi­ron­men­tally de­struc­tive ac­tions and poli­cies and as­sert­ing it­self in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its judge­ments. It has, thus, earned it­self a wide­spread and for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion as a "green court". But how "green" is it re­ally and what does it even mean to be green in an In­dian con­text? En­vi­ron­men­tal Ju­rispru­dence and the Supreme Court sheds light on th­ese ques­tions. It re­veals that there is no sin­gle stance or at­ti­tude gov­ern­ing the Supreme Court's ap­proach to en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. Rather, the court has re­acted dif­fer­ently in dif­fer­ent cases, some­times in ways that seem con­tra­dic­tory to its own prece­dents.

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