Protestors can’t block public roads: SC on Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests

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The Supreme Court on Monday announced that people have a fundamental right to protest against any law but there needs to be a balancing factor since the blocking of public roads is a matter of grave concern.

The apex court passed the statement while hearing an appeal filed by advocate Amit Sahni, who had approached the high court in order to seek directions for the Delhi Police to ensure that the traffic flows smoothly on the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, which has been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since December 15.

While making their stance very clear by refusing to interfere or curtail the right to protest of ordinary people, the court said that it was only worried whether “tomorrow someone else may try to emulate the Shaheen Bagh protesters and block another portion of an already congested Delhi”.

The Kalindi Kunj road is an important route as it connects three states – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. The road closure has led to major difficulties not only for the residents of the area but lakhs of commuters who are unable to use the road due to the blockade.

The bench also asked intervenors of the appeal such as the lawyer representing Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad to try and speak to the Shaheen Bagh protesters and ask them to vacate the site.

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