Supreme Court continues its stay on eviction of lakhs of forest dwellers

-The Hindu

Their claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006

The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006.

A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra posted the case for hearing on November 26 and said the stay order first issued on February 28 would continue.

The Bench referred to how resorts and illegal structures have encroached on forest lands and led to the depletion of the green cover. Senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for one of the parties, said the focus should be on the lakhs of forest dwellers who face eviction.

The court said “the mighty and the undeserving” who had encroached on forest lands would be shown no mercy.

Due process

While issuing the stay order on eviction on February 28, the court had acknowledged the need to further delve into whether due process was followed by gram sabhas and States’ authorities under the FRA before the claims for forest rights of forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes (FDSTs) and other traditional forest dwellers (OTFD) were finally rejected.

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The Hindu, 13 September, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-continues-its-stay-on-eviction-of-lakhs-of-forest-dwellers/article29403695.ece?homepage=true

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