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New Delhi: The green bench of the Supreme Court, which hears environmentally relevant cases, is set to sit on Monday after a gap of at least six-seven months.

Although it was last listed to sit on 21 September, it was adjourned to 5 October.

Over a hundred different applications are listed before the bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and justices Arun Mishra and A.K. Goel.

According to those familiar with the cases, about 8 or 9 policy issues are pending before this court for consideration. These include the issue of transfer of the nearly 39,000 crore of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority from the states to the central coffers and setting up of an environment regulator, which would act as a body to approach before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Several cases are also awaiting court orders to be transferred to NGT.

Earlier known as the forest bench, the Supreme Court has had a dedicated bench for environment-related cases for nearly two decades. According to a 2013 report in The Times of India, one of the first orders passed by the forest bench was in December 1996.

Under former chief justice R. M. Lodha, a bench comprising justices J.S. Khehar, J. Chelameswar and A.K. Sikri sat regularly to hear these cases. However, the duration was short due to Lodha’s tenure of just five months.

In 2010, under chief justice S.H. Kapadia, there were two functional benches, one to hear matters on implementation of directives passed by it and the other for cases where certain norms were required to be laid down.

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