The Supreme Court today has issued a notice while hearing the pleas seeking to remove the protests at Shaheen Bagh, Delhi. Various protesters, mainly women, and children have been protesting at Shaheen Bagh in south Delhi for nearly two months against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the National Register of Citizens and the National Popular Register.
The pleas stated that due to the continuous protests on a public road at Shaheen Bagh, there have been indefinite traffic problems and inconvenience to the people. It further contended that the protest has blocked the common and public road connecting Delhi to Noida, causing problems for hundreds of commuters.
The Division Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph while issuing notice for clearance of protests at Shaheen Bagh, stated that ‘We do understand that there is a problem. The protests have gone on for a long time. They have the right to protest, but there can’t be an indefinite period of protests in a common area. It might be in an area identified.’
“Can you block a public route? One cannot block a public road and create inconvenience for others” asserted the court.
However, the bench refused to deliver any interim orders, stating to first hear the other side and has further listed the matter on 17 February.