Spl SC bench to hold urgent hearing on Aarey today
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has constituted a special bench for an urgent hearing on Monday regarding the felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey to set up a Metro car shed. The move is being opposed by green activists and a section of people, including residents.
The apex court decided on Sunday to register as PIL a letter addressed to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi by a law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on the cutting of trees. A notice was posted on the Supreme Court website about holding the urgent hearing.
The letter sent to the CJI on Sunday comes two days after the Bombay HC refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash Mumbai municipal corporation’s decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.
“As we write this letter to you the authorities continue to kill the lungs of Mumbai i.e Aarey forest by clearing of trees near Mithi river bank and according to news reports 1,500 trees have already been cleared by the authorities. Not only this but our friends are put in jail who were peacefully organising a vigil against the acts of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai,” the letter states.
The letter has alleged that the student-activists were abused and manhandled by the police. Mumbai: A sessions court in Mumbai on Sunday granted bail to 29 protesters arrested over the last two days on charges of allegedly obstructing and assaulting police personnel on duty during protests against felling of trees at Aarey Colony.
Additional sessions court judge H C Shende ordered their release on certain conditions, including production of personal surety of Rs 7,000 and assurance that they would not take part in protests. Advocates representing the applicants, most of them students, requested the court they be granted bail as many of them have to appear for examinations on Monday.
Green activists and residents are protesting against the felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony to set up a Metro car shed