Supreme Court stops tree felling in Mumbai's Aarey forest till next hearing

File photo: Supreme Court Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 07, 2019, 11.44 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

The Supreme Court on Monday has asked the Maharashtra government to not cut more trees at Aarey Colony and ordered that status quo should be maintained regarding felling of trees.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the bench that henceforth no trees will be cut in the colony.

The top court also ordered the release of the activists who were arrested for protesting against Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).

The court also asked Tushar Mehta to include the Ministry of Forest and Environment as a party in the matter.

A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan directed the government to maintain the status quo and said it would further hear all the petitions in the matter on October 21.

Earlier today, twenty-nine protestors were released from Thane jail after bail was granted to them on Sunday.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started cutting the trees on Friday night after the Bombay High Court rejected a bunch of petitions filed by NGOs and activists against the tree felling. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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The top court also ordered the release of the activists who were arrested for protesting against Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).