The SC has reiterated that roads can’t be blocked in the name of protests and has appointed three mediators to talk to the protesters to shift to an alternate site
Bengaluru: In a scathing observation, the top court has expressed its displeasure over Shaheen Bagh protesters choking roads, thereby making life hellish for other citizens.
A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph is hearing the case.
The bench said, “People have a fundamental right to protest against a law but the blocking of public roads is a matter of concern and there has to be a balancing factor.”
It further added, “Democracy works on expressing views but there are lines and boundaries for it.”
Furthermore, it has appointed three mediators to talk to the protesters and see if there can be an alternative site to protest.
The three are: senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, advocate Sadhana Ramachandran and former chief Information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.
Even after appointing the tree mediators, the SC reiterated: “People have a fundamental right to protest but thing which is troubling us is blocking of public roads.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said: “Let a message not go that every institution is on its knees trying to persuade Shaheen Bagh protestors on this issue.”
The protests at Shaheen Bagh have been going on for two months.
The protest has only proved emphatically that the participants have either not read the act fully or have wantonly abstained from reading, with the obvious intention of creating violence and vandalism in the society.
All that the CAA is does is to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have been residing in India hitherto December 31, 2014. What is essentially a one-time offer to integrate the minorities socially and emotionally with India is being seen as divisive and communal.
The Act enables around 32000 minority members to become citizens of India.
Refusing to bog down, both PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah have categorically reiterated that the government won’t roll back the CAA, come what may.
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Last Updated Feb 17, 2020, 4:14 PM IST