The Supreme Court today directed the State of Maharashtra not to cut any more trees at Mumbai’s Aarey Colony where the felling of trees began on Friday night for a metro car shed. The court said no more trees would be cut in the area until the next hearing on October 21.
The matter will be taken up by the Forest Bench on October 21.
The order was passed by a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan in a letter petition.
Senior Counsel Sanjay Hegde appeared for the students who wrote the letter to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the State of Maharashtra told the Court that there will be no more cutting of trees in the area.
The apex court directed that if anybody is still under arrest for protesting the cutting of trees, they should be released forthwith on furnishing of personal bonds.