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Right To Protest At Public Spaces- Women Protestors Of Shaheen Bagh Move Supreme Court Seeking Parity With Recognition Of Farmers Protest By Court

Nupur Thapliyal
9 Feb 2021 4:32 AM GMT
Right To Protest At Public Spaces- Women Protestors Of Shaheen Bagh Move Supreme Court Seeking Parity With Recognition Of Farmers Protest By Court
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The women protestors of Shaheen Bagh have approached the Supreme Court seeking a joint hearing of the pending review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh judgment with the farm laws petition in the view of recent developments and subsequent observations made during the farm laws challenge hearings on the right to protest.Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari...

The women protestors of Shaheen Bagh have approached the Supreme Court seeking a joint hearing of the pending review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh judgment with the farm laws petition in the view of recent developments and subsequent observations made during the farm laws challenge hearings on the right to protest.

Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari will consider the review petition against the Shaheen bagh Judgment today.

"The judgment in review is essentially in relation to the right of citizens to protest against the policies of the government. While dealing with the said issue, the judgment in review, this Hon'ble Court has made certain observations and given some findings in relation to the said right to protest and as per the present petitioner/applicant, the observations so made, take away the fundamental right to protest and upset the very concept of dissent which is one of foundations on which our democracy stands." The petition reads.

In the Amit Sahani judgment, the bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari observed that:

"We have, thus, no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests is not acceptable and the administration ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions."

According to the petitioner, there is a contrasting view on the legality and extent of right to protest at public places during the ongoing farmers protest in pursuant to the observation made by a CJI led bench vide order dated 17.12.2020.

In the said order, the Supreme Court observed that:

"We are of the view at this stage that the farmers' protest should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protesters or the police".

The petition states that the Constitutional guarantee of fundamental rights available for the benefit of all the citizens is same and cannot be segregated.

Therefore, it is the prayer of the petitioner to club the aforesaid review petition along with the farm laws petitions so as to enable the petitioner a chance of oral hearing for making submissions.

"Take up the accompanying Review Petition (C) Diary No. 24552 of 2020 along with other Applications with W.P. (C) No. 1118 of 2020 (Rakesh Vaishnav & Ors. vs. Union of India & Ors.) and other connected petitions." The Prayer reads.

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