An autobiographical narrative of M. C. Mehta’s illustrious career fighting for the public
A collection of M. C. Mehta’s wisdom, anecdotes and legal stratagems
A unique compilation of the judgments and orders in 18 public interest cases
 

Poverty, corruption and the indescribable desecration of a unique and precious environment threatens India. In 1983, a concerned young lawyer saw the rampant destruction and inequality plaguing his country and decided to take action. Using the Supreme Court of India as his primary weapon, M. C. Mehta has fought to preserve the rich culture and ecology of India.

These battles were not easily won. Arrayed against M. C. Mehta were the entrenched interests of the country: people made rich through pollution, corruption and the sacrifice of others. This book contains the details, narrated by the advocate himself, of M. C. Mehta’s legal conflicts — disappointments to successes. Anecdotes and reflections colour the account and provide an intriguing counterpoint to the story of one of the world’s greatest environmental defenders.

Through M. C. Mehta's cases, the judiciary has often been the sole protector of India's people and heritage. The Courts have taken this responsibility and used it as an opportunity to pioneer a pragmatic, compassionate and beneficial form of environmental jurisprudence.

These documents have been published, in the remaining volumes of this four-volume set, with the hope that the Court's wisdom will be a resource for and inspiration to those who are interested in environmental and human rights.

LIST OF CASES:
Volume II contains:


The Taj Mahal Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 13381 of 1984

The Delhi Monuments Case
M.C. Mehta v. Archeological Survey of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 476 of 1996

The Ganga Pollution Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 3727 of 1985

Protecting the Beas River
M.C. Mehta v. Kamal Nath and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 182 of 1996

Volume III contains:


The Oleum Gas Leak Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 12739 of 1985

The Delhi Master Plan-Industries Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 4677 of 1985

The Delhi Vehicular Pollution Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 13029 of 1985

The Gamma Chamber Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1043 of 1986

The Child Labour Case
M.C. Mehta v. State of Tamil Nadu and Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 465 of 1986

The Children Languishing in Jails Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1501 of 1984

The Environmental Education Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 860 of 1991

The Antop Hill Case
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India Writ Petition (Civil) No. 12179 of 1985

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