SHAHEEN BAGH: MEDIATOR’S REPORT HAS TOO MANY IF AND BUTS, SAYS SUPREME COURT
On Wednesday, after looking into the reports of the two interlocutors – Advocate Sadhana Ramachandra and Senior Advocate Sanjay Hedge, the Supreme Court said “there are too many ifs and buts”. After hearing the plea on the Shaheen Bagh Protest Supreme Court announced March 23 as the date for hearing and has called the Northeast Delhi’s Clashes ‘Unfortunate’.
In response to the Clashes of Northeast Delhi the Supreme Court said it doesn’t want to expand the scope of the current matter. It also said that the High Court is hearing matters of violence and the petitioners are set free to pursue legal proceedings.
It is learned on the basis of the daily updates submitted by the interlocutors and a board compilation for the media that the issue will have to be considered by the bench and an arrival to a binding decision is must.
Two days ago, the report was submitted in a sealed envelope before a bench of Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.
The report has not been disclosed to any lawyers and has not been given to be kept in any records. Some of the people say that when a petitioner asked for a copy of the report, the bench said that they were keeping it confidential, as “the purpose of an interlocutor is different and their report is only for our record”.
Last week, former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said any attempt to “forcibly shift” those protesting against the CAA from the road they are sitting on in Shaheen Bagh, Delhi, “would compromise their safety”. He said that police barricading of unconnected roads was behind the traffic chaos in the area.
To throw the lights on the fact that the people have a fundamental right to protest, Last week the Supreme Court had appointed two advocates as interlocutors with the mandate so as to request and change the mind set of anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi and ask them to terminate the blockade of a public road.
The top court is hearing PILs against the protest over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the blockade of road, the locals said that this was causing difficulties for the people in the nearby areas. In Shaheen Bagh, women are heading a protest against the citizenship law since December 15, 2019. The protest has also inspired the cities like Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, etc.
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