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‘Occupying public places like Shaheen Bagh not acceptable’

Demonstrations like Shaheen Bagh are not acceptable, public places cannot be occupied: Supreme Court

Ground Report| News Desk| In a case against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the Supreme Court ruled that the demonstrations like Shaheen Bagh cannot be accepted. Such protests in (Shaheen Bagh) are not acceptable and the authorities should take action.

The Supreme Court has stated in unambiguous terms that occupying public places like Shaheen Bagh is not acceptable for protests. On the Shaheen Bagh movement against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the court also said that Delhi Police should have taken action to remove people from Shaheen Bagh area.

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Shaheen Bagh Demonstration The Supreme Court said that the authorities have to take action themselves and they cannot hide behind the courts. The court stated that the right to protest in public places is not absolute and that public places cannot be occupied indefinitely for such protests.

The bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Anirudh Bose and Justice Krishna Murari, while giving its verdict, said that the arbitration efforts in Shaheen Bagh were not successful, but we have no regrets. 

He said that public meetings cannot be banned but they should be in designated areas. The constitution gives the right to protest but it should be combined with equal duties. The Supreme Court said that the right to protest has to be balanced with the right to traffic.

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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