New Delhi, February 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing in the case concerning the anti-CAA protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area for March 23 and said the bench will examine the report submitted by its mediators in the meantime. “Let things cool down,” Justice Kaul said.
The apex court also said it cannot say repeatedly that protesters at Shaheen Bagh have the right to protest but they cannot block roads.
The top court said it had tried to find an out-of-the-box solution by appointing interlocutors to persuade the protesters looking at the prevailing conditions.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph said that though the court had thought of adopting an out-of-the-box solution but did not have any idea as to how far it had succeeded. “We have already said in earlier hearings and cannot repeatedly say that the protesters do have the right to protest but they cannot block the roads,” the bench said.
The top court’s remarks came after advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi, appearing for BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg, sought an interim order for removal of protesters from the road at Shaheen Bagh, saying people are using their right to protest as a weapon and causing inconvenience to others.
The bench said it had gone through the report of the two interlocutors — senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and advocate Sadhana Ramachandran.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said the interlocutors were asked by the court to persuade the protesters to vacate the road, not to find alternatives to the blocked roads.
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