Supreme Court to Hear Today Pleas Seeking Removal of Protesters From Shaheen Bagh

New Delhi: In the latest development, the Supreme Court will on Monday hear the petitions, seeking its direction to the Central government for removal of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters from Shaheen Bagh area in Delhi. The apex court’s the two-judge bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and comprising Justice KM Joseph will hear the matter.

While hearing the pleas on February 10, the two-judge bench issued the notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and police over the protest at the Shaheen Bagh. The top court said the anti-CAA protestors, who are holding agitation at Shaheen Bagh since December 15 last year, cannot block public road and create inconvenience for others.

‘You cannot block the public roads. There cannot be an indefinite period of protest in such an area. If you want to protest, it has to be in an area identified for protest,’ the top court bench said.

The apex court said this while hearing two petitions seeking clearance of Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj road where the protest is going for nearly two months.

Elderly Muslim women at the Shaheen Bagh area of Delhi have been holding protest for the past two months over the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, National Population Register and National Register of Citizens.

Filed by Nand Kishore Garg and Amit Sahni through their lawyer Shashank Deo Sudhi earlier last week, the PILs sought appropriate directions from the top court to the Centre and others for removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh near Kalindi Kunj.

In the plea, the petitioners stated that people in Shaheen Bagh are illegally protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, by blocking the common and public road connecting Delhi to Noida.

The petitioners also sought appropriate direction, comprehensive and exhaustive guidelines relating to outright restrictions for holding protest/agitation leading to obstruction of the public place.

The matter in the case will be heard on Monday as the apex court said it would not pass any direction without hearing the other side and posted the matter for February 17.

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