Spl SC bench to hold ur­gent hear­ing on Aarey to­day

AN OVER­DUE HUG FROM SHEIKH HASINA JI, SAYS PRIYANKA AF­TER MEET­ING B’DESH PM Reg­is­ters As PIL Stu­dent’s Let­ter To CJI BI­HAR CM NITISH ELECTED UN­OP­POSED AS JD(U) PRES­I­DENT FOR A TERM OF 3 YEARS Mum­bai court grants bail to 29 pro­test­ers

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - THE TIMES OF IN­DIA, NEW DELHI | MON­DAY, OC­TO­BER 7, 2019

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

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