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QA-Supreme Court on Shaheen Bagh: ‘Protests genuine but see if it can be shifted elsewhere’

The protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Shaheen Bagh. (Express photo)


May 6, 2020 10:00:13 am
Taking note of the inconvenience caused to commuters, the Supreme Court on Monday appointed an interlocutor to convince the Shaheen Bagh protesters to lift the road blockade and move it elsewhere. Several people, mostly women, have been protesting at the site against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act for more than 50 days now.
“We are not saying that people don’t have the right to raise their concerns. The question is where to protest? Because if this continues on the roads today for this legislation, tomorrow it could be done for another legislation,” Justice Kaul said. Though protesters occupy only one side of the 800-metre road, the other side is also blocked, with only ambulances and school buses allowed to pass.

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It asked senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and advocate Sadhana Ramachandran to talk to Shaheen Bagh protestors and persuade them to move to an alternative site where no public place is blocked. People have a fundamental right to protest but the thing which is troubling us is blocking of public roads, the bench said.

The top court also asked the government why no action was taken to remove protestors so far. “You don’t need our certificate,” it said. Solicitor

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General Tushar Mehta responded saying “it is required as all kinds of allegations are made against authorities.”

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