It's illegal to block road during demonstration: SC on Shaheen Bagh sit-in
It's illegal to block road during demonstration: SC on Shaheen Bagh sit-in

New Delhi: In a long-standing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh in December 2019, the apex court said there can be no universal policy in terms of right to protest. Balanced action is necessary to curb activities like road blocking to maintain balance in consonance with the circumstances.

The court said the verdict in the case will be pronounced later. The situation was normal during the apprehension of coronavirus epidemic and adherence to the prescribed norms due to this. A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Anirood Bose and Justice Krishna Murari said that some circumstances played an important role in it and it was not in anybody's hands. God himself interfered in it.

Taking cognizance of the arguments of various lawyers including Shashank Trivedi, the bench said, "We have to balance the right to protest and block the road. We have to think about this issue. There can be no universal policy for this, because case by case status may vary. The bench said, in a parliamentary democracy, there may be protests against Parliament and roads, but the roads have to be kept peaceful.

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