The precise to protest and specific dissent comes with sure duties and can’t be held “anytime and all over the place”, the Supreme Court docket mentioned in an order, dismissing a overview petition on the anti-citizenship legislation protests held in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh in 2019.
Twelve activists had filed a overview petition on the October 2020 ruling of the Supreme Court docket terming the anti-citizenship legislation protests held at Shaheen Bagh to be unlawful.
“The precise to protest can’t be anytime and all over the place. There could also be some spontaneous protests however in case of extended dissent or protest, there can’t be continued occupation of public place affecting rights of others,” the three-judge bench of Justices SK Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari mentioned whereas dismissing the overview petition. Although the overview petition was selected February 9, the order got here late final night time.
The three-judge bench reiterated that public locations can’t be occupied for protests and that public protests should be “in designated areas alone”.
“Dissent and democracy go hand in hand,” the highest court docket had noticed in its October verdict, stressing that “protests like these aren’t acceptable”.
Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh had emerged because the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in 2019 the place the protesters- largely ladies and youngsters – sat for greater than three months.
The Shaheen Bagh protests had obtained worldwide consideration and the Time Journal honoured 82-year-old Bilkis dadi, the face of the motion, as one of many 100 “most influential individuals of 2020”.
Critics have mentioned the contentious citizenship legislation – which the federal government says permits citizenship for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the event that they escaped non secular persecution and entered India earlier than 2015 – is “anti-Muslim”.
An enormous wave of protests had swept the nation in opposition to the CAA earlier than the novel coronavirus pandemic compelled a majority of inhabitants indoors and the federal government introduced one of many world’s strictest lockdowns in March.