India, March 1 -- At least 50,000 environment-related cases were pending trial in various courts in 2019, according to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). To clear the backlog, courts would have to dispose of 137 cases a day. In 2019, 34,671 environment-related crimes were registered.

The analysis is part of CSE's annual review titled "State of India's Environment 2021" released last week. Interestingly, the highest backlog was found in the cases related to The Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, followed by The Indian Forest Act, Forest Conservation Act and the Noise Pollution Rules.

"Offences under the Tobacco Products Act have been erroneously categorised under environmental offences by National Crime R...