Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation, Implementation
by Geetanjoy Sahu Orient Blackswan ` 695
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.