Shaheen Bagh Anti-CAA Protests: Public Roads And Places Can't Be Occupied Indefinitely By Protesters, Rules SC

Shaheen Bagh Anti-CAA Protests: Public Roads And Places Can't Be Occupied Indefinitely By Protesters, Rules SCSupreme Court of India (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (7 October) ruled that protesters cannot occupy public roads and places for indefinite amount of time and that the administration must ensure that roads are cleared.

The SC bench led by Justice Sanjay K Kaul said this in its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking directions on the right to protest in wake of the Shaheen Bagh protest.

The three-judge bench comprising Justices Sanjay K Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari had reserved its order at the last hearing on 21 September.

In its verdict on Wednesday, SC said that administration must keep public spaces free from all obstructions, and they cannot wait for an order from the court.

The apex court also pulled up the Delhi police for not doing its job under the pretext of having endless talks.

The anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, protests had led to blocking of a road in Shaheen Bagh in the national capital last December and beginning of this year.