Legal brief on the Supreme Court order on FRA evictions

May 28, 2019

On 13 February 2019, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered evictions of those whose FRA claims have been rejected, in a case where retired forest officials, zamindars and wildlife NGOs challenge the constitutionality of the Forest Rights Act (FRA). The SC put this order ‘on hold’ on 28 February, giving us temporary relief to fight back.

But by calling ‘rejections’ as ‘encroachments’, the SC fundamentally reverses the letter and intent of FRA, which recognizes so-called ‘encroachers’ under colonial laws as rightsholders to their land and forests. Unless we act fast, the law meant to prevent evictions will be turned into an instrument for dispossession and to dilute the authority of our Gram Sabhas!

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