Protest But Don’t Block Roads: SC To Shaheen Bagh Protesters

The Supreme Court also appointed interlocutors and will now take up the matter on February 24th, 2020

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The Supreme Court on February 17th, 2020 told Shaheen Bagh protesters that though they have the right to protest, they cannot block roads. The top court asked the protesters to come to a “reasonable solution” so that roads are no longer blocked.

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by advocate Amit Sahni, who had approached the high court seeking directions to the Delhi Police to ensure smooth traffic flow on the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, which remains blocked by anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters since December 15th, 2020.

It may be mentioned that hundreds of protesters, mainly women and children, have been sitting at Shaheen Bagh in south Delhi for nearly two months against CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Popular Register (NPR).

“There is a fundamental right to protest. You have the right to protest but don’t block the roads. Today you are protesting, others may protest tomorrow. This can create chaos,” the top court observed.

The Supreme Court also appointed interlocutors and will now take up the matter on February 24th, 2020. The top court asked senior advocate Sanjay Hegde to act as an interlocutor and talk to the Shaheen Bagh protesters.

The top court has also directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to file an affidavit suggesting a solution to the road blockage.

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