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Shaheen Bagh protests: the Supreme Court appoints mediators to get Shaheen protesters out of the way | India News

NEW DELHI: Disapproving the ongoing blockade in Shaheen Bagh and expressing the hope that good sense will prevail over the anti-CAA agitators that lead them to vacate the road and move their protest to an alternative site, the Supreme Court called on Monday Major defenders Sanjay Hegde, Sadhana Ramachandran and former chief information officer, Wajahat Habibullah, will hold consultations with the agitators.
Although a bank of judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph argued that organizing protests is good for democracy and people have the fundamental right to dissent against the Citizens Amendment Act, even when the matter is pending in court, they disapproved of the practice. of blocking roads and public places. during the agitation “We are not saying that people do not have the right to protest during the processing of the case. It is the fundamental right of people to meet and protest. But the question is where to protest. Tomorrow there may be another law passed and what will happen if people start blocking roads in protest. What will happen if everyone starts blocking the roads? Our concern is what it would lead to if people start blocking roads. It will create chaos, ”said the bank.
He said there are people who support the law and can also resort to roadblocks and that would create more problems.
“What worries us is the blockage of public roads,” he said, emphasizing that it was better to find a friendly solution to the problem by convincing protesters to change their protest site and clear the road for traffic.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Delhi police, said ordinary people face problems due to Shaheen Bagh’s protests and told the bank that the police did everything possible to persuade the protesters, but they refused. He said the protesters are using women and children as a shield, so he has not been able to take any action against the protesters who hold the city as a “hostage” under the protest attire.
But the bank also arrested the government for not taking steps to solve the problem in the last 60 days after Mehta said it should not give the impression that the authorities kneel before the protesters. The court asked the Center to explore all possibilities and give protesters an alternative place to protest. “You can give protesters some options. Do not let you close your mind and try all the possibilities, ”the bank told the Center.
The court said that it is very important that people be allowed to protest, but that every right entails responsibility and that there are lines and limits within which people must protest in democracy.
Hoping that protesters in Shaheen Bagh will realize and leave the road, the bank said: “We express our opinion on what we want to do. We hope that reason will prevail in them. It is not a pleasant task, but we have assumed the task of solving it. ”
The trial court was hearing an appeal filed by lawyer Amit Sahni and BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg, seeking instructions for the Delhi police to remove Shaheen Bagh protesters to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, which has been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since December 15.
Wajahat Habibullah and Bhim’s army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, also moved the SC in search of implements in the case and alleged that the Delhi administration had deliberately blocked other roads connecting the capital with Noida and Faridabad to create public inconveniences. They argued that there were other routes that could be used for traffic movement after the main road was blocked due to protests, but the administration had deliberately blocked those roads under the pretext of the ongoing demonstration.

Times of India