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Posted in India
February 10, 2020

Shaheen Bagh protesters cannot block public road: SC

The Supreme Court issued a notice on petitions demanding the evacuation of demonstrators from Shaheen Bagh to Centre, Delhi government and police as it refused to pass orders Monday.

Hearing petitions requesting the removal from Shaheen Bagh of anti-CAA demonstrators, the Supreme Court said protesters can not block public roads and cause inconvenience to others. “If you want to demonstrate, there maybe someplace in which you protest. You can’t block a public road. Can you block a public area? Demonstrate areas need to be established,” the Supreme Court observed.

The Supreme Court listed the matter for hearing on February 17, stating that it will not transfer any order on Shaheen Bagh protest without hearing the other side. “If it lasts 58 days you can wait another week,” observed the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had previously said it will hear petitions demanding the expulsion of anti-CAA demonstrators from Shaheen Bagh after the elections to the Delhi Assembly

Advocate Amit Sahni, who filed an appeal in the SC against the High Court’s January 14 order directing the police to deal with the situation with due regard to law and order, had said that the traffic flow on Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch had been badly affected as a result of the protests since December 15, last year.

Earlier, Sahni approached the high court seeking directions from the Delhi Police to ensure smooth traffic flow on the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch that has been blocked since last December 15 due to Shaheen Bagh protests.

Owing to protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), restrictions were placed on the stretch as well as the Okhla underpass.

The motion tried to set out clear and detailed rules relating to specific prohibitions on conducting demonstrations or agitations resulting in obstruction of public space.

It said the law enforcement machinery was being “hosted to the protesters ‘ whims and fancies” that blocked vehicle and pedestrian movement from the Delhi-Noida route.

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