Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 200-203 July-September, 2012


Role of the judiciary in environmental protection


Dubey Amit* and Tiwari B.K.

Department of Law, Barkatullah University, Bhopal (INDIA)


Received on : May 05,2012




In India, the concept of environmental protection can be seen originated from the period of Vedas. PIL plays vital role in the judiciary in environmental protection. Several local NGOs and public spirited individuals who have moved the courts to seek relief against numerous problems such as those created by unchecked vehicular and industrial pollution, negligence in management of solid waste, construction of large projects and increasing deforestation. Lawyers and NGOs are well aware of how the device of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was devised by our Supreme Court. In order to improve access to justice for poor and disadvantaged sections, the traditional rules of ‘locus standi’ were diluted and a practice was initiated where by public - spirited individuals could approach the court on behalf of such sections. In the present time the Supreme court of India expand the meaning of environmental right. The Supreme court is making and creating interpretation which led to the creation of new rights. As under Article 21, this court has created new rights including the right to health and pollution free environment.


Keywords : Public Interest Litigation, Social justice, Public trust, Environmental right, Apex court