The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that no public spaces can be occupied indefinitely for protesting or expressing dissent. The judgment was passed on a batch of petitions seeking directions for removal of Shaheen Bagh protesters from a public road in New Delhi.
The bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the verdict on the issue of balancing right to protest and right to free movement of the citizens of the country.
Hundreds of people had been sitting-in on a stretch of road in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, or CAA, for more than two months from 14 December to 24 March. This had led to roads being blocked and frequent traffic jams. Restrictions had been imposed on the Kalindi Kunj – Shaheen Bagh stretch and the Okhla underpass. The protest ended only after the nationwide lock down was announced amidst Covid-19 pandemic.