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#Aarey: A Special Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan to begin hearing in the PIL against felling of trees in Mumbai's Aarey forest shortly.

A student delegation had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India seeking the Supreme Court's intervention in the case concerning razing down of over 2500 trees in Mumbai's Aarey forest.

Senior Counsel Sanjay Hegde is representing the students who wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

Senior Counsel Gopal Shankarnarayan, representing some activists, briefing the Court on the background and facts of the case concerning Aarey Forest and the impending question of its eco-sensitive zone tag.

Question of whether Aarey is a forest is pending before the Supreme Court in the TN Godavarman case. The question of eco-sensitive zone tag of Aarey remains pending before the NGT, Shankarnarayanan

SG Tushar Mehta, representing the State of Maharashtra, suggests that the case be taken up by the Environment Bench when the Court reopens after Dussehra break.

Mehta: There is nothing more to be cut now and SC later can decide on the legality or illegality of the trees cut.
Justice Mishra says that no more trees be cut now and status quo be maintained. Felling of trees should be halted for now and adds that survival rate of the saplings be analysed.

Mehta: "No further cutting is required anymore. We are all concerned about the ecological impact"
Justice Mishra inquires if all the persons arrested or detained for protesting against felling of trees have been released or not.

"If they have not been released, release them immediately on furnishing personal bond"

#Breaking: Supreme Court asks the State of Maharashtra not to cut any further trees in Aarey and maintain status quo.

Matter to be taken up by the Forest Bench of the Supreme Court on October 21.

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