Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests not acceptable, says Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

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published Published on Oct 7, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 7, 2020

-The Hindu

Public places and spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely, says Bench

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held the protests led by scores of mothers, children and senior citizens of Shaheen Bagh against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act by blockading a public road in the national capital were “not acceptable”.

A Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said public places and spaces could not be occupied indefinitely.

The court recognised that peaceful protests were indeed a constitutional right, but said the right was not absolute.

An indeterminable number of people cannot block public roads, restrict public movement and cause inconvenience, Justice Kaul read out the verdict.

The court referred to the how Internet and social media could be “highly polarising”. It said the administration should take care to keep the public area clear of instructions and encroachments.

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The Hindu, 7 October, 2020,

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