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SC seeks police view on Shaheen Bagh

No let-up:Women protesting against the new citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi.SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

No let-up:Women protesting against the new citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi.SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR  

Protests cannot be carried on indefinitely in a common area, observes court

The Supreme Court on Monday gently drew the attention of citizens, mothers and senior citizens agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to the inconvenience caused when protests were held on public thoroughfares for days.

A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph said protests could not be carried on indefinitely in a common area.

No interim directive

The Supreme Court, however, refused to pass any interim directions urgently in the Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Amit Sahni seeking the removal of the Shaheen Bagh protesters. “The protests have been going on for over 50 days, you can wait. We like to hear the other side (police),” Justice Kaul said.

The court issued a formal notice to the Delhi police and listed the case for further hearing on February 17.

The court nudged the protesters about the bother created for ordinary commuters when protests were held on public roads indefinitely.

“There cannot be an indefinite protest in a common area. You have to find an area for protests. If protests are held everywhere, what will happen?” Justice Kaul asked advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad.

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