Protests in public places not acceptable, says Supreme Court on Shaheen Bagh

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Published: October 7,2020 03:57 PM
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October 7, 2020: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that no person or group of persons can block public places or carriage ways to demonstrate or express dissent.

October 7, 2020: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that no person or group of persons can block public places or carriage ways to demonstrate or express dissent.



The judgment was passed on a batch of petitions seeking directions for removal of Shaheen Bagh protesters from a public road in New Delhi.



The bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the verdict on the issue of balancing right to protest and right to free movement of the citizens of the country.



The bench had reserved its verdict at the last hearing on September 21. The bench had said "We have to balance the right to protest and blocking of roads. In a parliamentary democracy, protests can happen in parliament and on roads. But on roads, it has to be peaceful".



The court had earlier noted that there cannot be a "universal policy" since circumstances may "vary" from case-to-case.



Delhi's Shaheen Bagh had emerged as the epicentre of anti-CAA protests last year where the protesters- mostly women and children - sat for more than three months.