May 26, 2020 | 4:56 PM IST
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SC tells there would be no felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Maharashtra government not to cut down any more trees in Aarey colony till the next hearing on October 21. The court observed that the green bunch in the colony ‘appeared Aarey was a forest at some point of time’, the court has asked the state to submit a status report on the number of trees felled so far and the compulsory afforestation report by the Mumbai metro.
The top court on Sunday also set up a special bench on the basis of a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of India by Rishav Ranjan against the felling of trees.
Earlier, on Sunday, about 29 activists, mostly law students, were arrested and later released on bail on a bond of Rs 7,000 by the holiday court as the students start their exams on Monday.
It may be recalled that a special bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan was set up after a group of law students wrote to the Chief Justice requesting that the top court intervene to stop the cutting of trees immediately. The activists claim that the felling of trees in the area is illegal and that the green patch in north Mumbai has shrunk over the years because of the developmental works.
Also, the week-long ban on any gathering of four or more people was relaxed in the colony on Sunday and re-imposed on Monday morning.

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