The Supreme Court in its order says that no more trees should be cut in the colony. The top court also records an undertaking by Maharashtra government assuring that no more trees will be cut in Aarey. The SC also ordered the Mumbai police to release all the activists who were arrested over the past 2 days.
The Supreme Court was hearing the petitions demanding stay on the trees being felled in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony by a group of law students.
Meanwhile Section 144 of the IPC, that had been imposed around the site where trees were cut by Mumbai Metro authorities, has now been lifted. Roads leading to the colony were blocked and the entire area condoned off by police on Saturday after protesters reached the spot in large numbers as the metro authorities began cutting trees shortly after the Bombay High Court ruled in its favour.
The Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance of the tree felling in Mumbai’s Aarey colony and decided to hold a special sitting today after it converted a representation by a group of law students into a Public Interest Litigation. The top court has also formed a special bench for urgent hearing of the case. Supreme Court judges are on vacation for Dussehra.
The Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra government,”Tell us how many saplings you planted. How have they grown? What’s the status of your forests?” The top court’s questions come after Mumbai Metro on Sunday claimed that it had planted 24,000 saplings in to replace the trees that have been felled. The SC also asked the state government to produce a compulsory afforestation report.