Shaheen Bagh: Supreme Court says public places cannot be occupied in the name of protest demonstration
The Supreme Court said that public meetings cannot be prohibited, but must be in a designated area. The constitution gives the right to protest, but it should be combined with equal duties.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said in the Shaheen Bagh demonstration case that public places and roads cannot be occupied indefinitely in the name of picketing and demonstrations.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said that a large number of people had gathered to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA); the road was blocked by protesters, which is not fair as the court said that public places and streets cannot be held indefinitely for protests.
The court said that the right to traffic on the road cannot be stopped indefinitely. The Hon’ble Court also said that protests should be held only in designated areas.
The bench said, ‘Public meetings cannot be prohibited, but they must be in designated areas. The constitution allows protests but should equally be combined with duties.’
The court also referred to the failed mediation efforts in the case. The bench said, ‘Mediation efforts in Shaheen Bagh did not succeed, but we have no regrets.’
The bench also advised the government not to wait and take guns on the shoulders of the court in taking decisions in such cases.