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Aarey Protests: SC Orders Status Quo on Cutting of Trees

India | PTI | October 7, 2019, 12:15 pm
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 In a victory for green activists, the Supreme Court today ordered status quo in the Aarey tree felling case, ordering the Maharashtra government not to cut down any more trees till the next hearing on October 21. Observing that it “appeared Aarey was a forest at some point of time”, the court asked the state government to submit a status report on the number of trees felled so far and the compulsory afforestation by the Mumbai metro. The court was hearing petitions by activists who are protesting against the felling of over 2,600 trees in Aarey colony for the construction of a Mumbai Metro car shed.<br /><br />Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and Aarey forest case petitioner Rishabh Ranjan at Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

In a victory for green activists, the Supreme Court today ordered status quo in the Aarey tree felling case, ordering the Maharashtra government not to cut down any more trees till the next hearing on October 21. Observing that it “appeared Aarey was a forest at some point of time”, the court asked the state government to submit a status report on the number of trees felled so far and the compulsory afforestation by the Mumbai metro. The court was hearing petitions by activists who are protesting against the felling of over 2,600 trees in Aarey colony for the construction of a Mumbai Metro car shed.

Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and Aarey forest case petitioner Rishabh Ranjan at Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Law student and Aarey forest case petitioner Rishabh Ranjan at Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Law student and Aarey forest case petitioner Rishabh Ranjan at Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Senior advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar (L) who is appearing for Maharashtra government, arrives to address media persons after Supreme Court (SC) restrained authorities from cutting any more trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up a Metro car shed, at SC in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Senior advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar (L) who is appearing for Maharashtra government, arrives to address media persons after Supreme Court (SC) restrained authorities from cutting any more trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up a Metro car shed, at SC in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for law students, speaks to media persons after Supreme Court (SC) restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up a Metro car shed, at SC in New Delhi, Monday, in New Delhi on October 7, 2019. Petitioner Rishabh Ranjan is also seen. (Image: PTI)

Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for law students, speaks to media persons after Supreme Court (SC) restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up a Metro car shed, at SC in New Delhi, Monday, in New Delhi on October 7, 2019. Petitioner Rishabh Ranjan is also seen. (Image: PTI)

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 An activist holds a placard during a protest against cutting down of trees for a proposed metro car shed project at Aarey Colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

An activist holds a placard during a protest against cutting down of trees for a proposed metro car shed project at Aarey Colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

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 Activists and locals hold placards to protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Colony for the proposed car shed for Mumbai Metro 3, at Goregaon in Mumbai on October 6, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Activists and locals hold placards to protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Colony for the proposed car shed for Mumbai Metro 3, at Goregaon in Mumbai on October 6, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Police cordon off the Aarey colony following a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Police cordon off the Aarey colony following a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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 Workers cut-down trees for the Metro car shed project in the Aarey colony of Mumbai on October 5, 2019. Environment activists are agitating against the act. (PTI Photo)

Workers cut-down trees for the Metro car shed project in the Aarey colony of Mumbai on October 5, 2019. Environment activists are agitating against the act. (PTI Photo)

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 Police detain activists who were staging a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, at Aarey colony in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Police detain activists who were staging a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, at Aarey colony in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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 Police cordon off the area following a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, at Aarey colony in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Police cordon off the area following a protest against the tree-cutting, being carried out for the Metro car shed project, at Aarey colony in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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 People enter into the metro car shed on the spot during tree cutting at the Aarey colony in Mumbai late Friday on October 4, 2019. (Image: PTI)

People enter into the metro car shed on the spot during tree cutting at the Aarey colony in Mumbai late Friday on October 4, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 People enter into the metro car shed on the spot during tree cutting at the Aarey colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

People enter into the metro car shed on the spot during tree cutting at the Aarey colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

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 Former President of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee Sanjay Nirupam along with party workers holds trees to launch the Chipko movement in an attempt to protect over 3,000 trees from being cut in Aarey Colony for the construction of Mumbai Metro car shed, in Mumbai on September 22, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Former President of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee Sanjay Nirupam along with party workers holds trees to launch the Chipko movement in an attempt to protect over 3,000 trees from being cut in Aarey Colony for the construction of Mumbai Metro car shed, in Mumbai on September 22, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Police personnel detain students during a protest outside Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence in Juhu, Mumbai on September 19, 2019. The 76-year-old Bollywood icon is facing flak from certain quarters for coming out in support of the Metro project. Activists have opposed the proposed felling of over 2,600 trees in Aarey Colony, a green belt, to make way for a Metro car shed. (Image: PTI)

Police personnel detain students during a protest outside Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence in Juhu, Mumbai on September 19, 2019. The 76-year-old Bollywood icon is facing flak from certain quarters for coming out in support of the Metro project. Activists have opposed the proposed felling of over 2,600 trees in Aarey Colony, a green belt, to make way for a Metro car shed. (Image: PTI)

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 Mumbaikars staged a protest outside Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's residence, Jalsa, in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Mumbaikars staged a protest outside Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's residence, Jalsa, in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Activists stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Activists stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Activists hold placards as they stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Activists hold placards as they stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Activists stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Activists stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Activists hold placards as they stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Activists hold placards as they stage a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai on September 18, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Mumbai Congress workers, state party president Eknathrao Gaikwad, along with save Aarey activists and local residents in this area, participate in a programme organised by tribal communities to protest against the cutting of 2,700 trees for proposed metro car shade at Krantiveer Birsa Munda Chowk, in Mumbai on September 15, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Mumbai Congress workers, state party president Eknathrao Gaikwad, along with save Aarey activists and local residents in this area, participate in a programme organised by tribal communities to protest against the cutting of 2,700 trees for proposed metro car shade at Krantiveer Birsa Munda Chowk, in Mumbai on September 15, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Residents protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey forest to make the car shed for Metro project, in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

Residents protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey forest to make the car shed for Metro project, in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

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 Bollywood actress shraddha Kapoor with Local citizens Protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Forest for the Metro-3 car shed in Mumbai on September 1, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Bollywood actress shraddha Kapoor with Local citizens Protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Forest for the Metro-3 car shed in Mumbai on September 1, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Local citizens protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey forest to pave way for a metro car shed, in Mumbai on August 31, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Local citizens protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey forest to pave way for a metro car shed, in Mumbai on August 31, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Sahar village residents and members from Watchdog Foundation congregate to celebrate Independence Day by protesting silently against the construction of Metro phase 3 at Aarey Colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

Sahar village residents and members from Watchdog Foundation congregate to celebrate Independence Day by protesting silently against the construction of Metro phase 3 at Aarey Colony in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

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