Can’t claim absolute right to protest: SC

Reserves order on PILs against Shaheen stir

Can’t claim absolute right to protest: SC

Maintaining that people can’t claim an absolute right to protest, the Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on petitions seeking certain guidelines to strike a balance between the right to protest and right to free movement and mobility. File photo

New Delhi, September 21

Maintaining that people can’t claim an absolute right to protest, the Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on petitions seeking certain guidelines to strike a balance between the right to protest and right to free movement and mobility.

A Bench led by Justice SK Kaul — which was seized of PILs filed by Amit Sahni, Shashank Deo Sushi and others against the anti-CAA protesters blocking roads at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi — said it would pass an order on the larger issue even as the protesters were removed by the police following the imposition of Covid-19 lockdown.

At the very outset, the Bench asked the petitioners: “Are you withdrawing it?” “No,” replied Sudhi. Sahni said the protest shouldn’t continue in future. “In the larger public interest, a decision may be taken,” he said, requesting the Bench to pass an elaborate order. — TNS

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