The Supreme Court on Monday heard pleas seeking removal of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area. The court has issued notice to Delhi Government and Delhi Police and posted the matter for 17th February. It also took cognisance on its own to "stop involvement of children and infants in demonstrations" following the death of an infant on January 30 at the protest site.
Earlier on Friday, the top court adjourned the hearing on pleas seeking orders to clear the area that has allegedly caused inconvenience to people living in the vicinity.
Earlier on Friday, the top court had said that it would take up on Monday the two public interest litigations (PIL) seeking directions to the Central government for laying down guidelines relating to restrictions for holding protests leading to obstruction to public places.
"We understand there is a problem and we have to see how to resolve it. We will take it up on Monday. We will be in a better position by then," a bench comprising justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said.
Meanwhile, the area has been the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in Delhi, running into over 50 days now. Protesters on Saturday took turns on polling day to cast votes to keep the agitation alive. After a sit-in for over a month against the Citizenship Amendment Act, women protesters at Shaheen Bagh voted in batches so that the agitation remains unaffected.
Okhla assembly constituency recorded 58.84 per cent voting. Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar, where protests against the amended Citizenship Act are on, fall under this constituency.
Here are the Highlights of Shaheen Bagh protests:
"You cannot block the public roads. There cannot be indefinite period of protest in such an area. if you want to protest, it has to be in an area identified for protest," a bench comprising justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said.