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Right to Protest does not mean to sit anywhere, anytime: SC dismisses review petition filed on Shaheen Bagh protest

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Supreme Court on Saturday (February 13, 2021) from considering its earlier verdict on the dharna against the CAA in Shaheen Bagh Refused. The Supreme Court said that the right to protest can never be ‘anytime’ and ‘everywhere’. The 12 activists appealed to the Supreme Court to reconsider the October 2020 verdict, which ruled that the apex court held the Shaheen Bagh demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act illegal.

The court said That people cannot perform any demonstration anywhere they wish. The court said that the sit-in demonstration to express protest is part of democracy, but it too has a limit. With this, the apex court upheld the verdict given in October last year.

The Supreme Court ruled in October last year that there should be a place for picketing. If any person or group agitates out of this, the police have the right to remove the protesters as per the rule. The sit-in demonstration should not affect the lives of ordinary people. Public space cannot be occupied for dharna.

In this judgment, the Supreme Court termed the performance of Shaheen Bagh in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Citizenship Register (NRC). A review petition was filed challenging the Supreme Court’s decision. Court including Kanish Fatima 12 activists The petition filed by the court also rejected the request to hear the case in open court.

A three-judge bench of Justices SK Call, Anirudh Bose and Krishna Murari dismissed the review petition said, “The right to protest cannot be everywhere and at any time. Some protests may start at any time, but no public space can be occupied for long-lasting dharna demonstrations that affect the rights of others. ”

Court commented That the Constitution gives the right to protest and express dissatisfaction, but with the obligation of certain duties. The court said in its order that we have considered the reconsideration petition and the record in the civil appeal. We have not found any fault in that.

Significantly, in the year 2019, Shaheen Bagh of Delhi came out as a protest site of CAA and NRC. Demonstrations at Shaheen Bagh ended after a lockdown imposed in March last year due to the corona virus epidemic. People and critics involved in the demonstration were calling this law ‘anti-Muslim’.

It is noteworthy that in Shaheen Bagh, Delhi, people were sitting on the road for about 100 days against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Millions of people were facing daily problems due to the blocking of an important road connecting Delhi to Noida and Faridabad. Not only this, the conspiracy of anti-Hindu riots in Delhi too Shaheen bagh It was composed only in

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