New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed mediators Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran on Wednesday reached Shaheen Bagh and interacted with agitators to bring an amicable solution to their two-month-long protest over the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Mediation: Will Protesters Agree to Shift to Another Site? Here Are The Possibilities
While talking to protesters, Sadhana Ramachandran told the protesters that the Supreme Court has said that they have the right to protest, but others also have the right to use the roads and open their shops. Also Read - 'Teesta Setalvad Tutoring Shaheen Bagh Protesters,' Alleges BJP; Posts Video
“The Supreme Court has said that you have the right to protest. The CAA has been challenged in the Supreme Court. But like us, others too have their rights, like right to use roads, open their shops,” she told the protesters. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: Supreme Court-Appointed Panel of Interlocutors to Meet Today
Addressing the women agitators, the interlocutors, Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran, said they had come to Shaheen Bagh to listen to people who had assembled in large numbers. “The Supreme Court has upheld your right to protest, we will listen to everyone,” Ramachandran told Shaheen Bagh protestors.
The visit of the mediators came after the court suggested that the agitation should be held in an alternative site where no public place is blocked. At Shaheen Bagh, the protesters have been on a sit-in against the CAA for over two months now. Encouraging them to end their protest, they told the protesters that the solution to end the protest will set a global example.
Ahead of reaching the venue to initiate talks, advocate Sanjay Hegde said that he is hoping to reach a resolution with everyone’s co-operation. “We have come here according to the order of the Supreme Court. We hope to speak to everyone. We hope to resolve the matter with everybody’s co-operation,” Hegde said.
The development comes after the Supreme Court on Monday appointed senior lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramachandran and former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah to go and initiate talks with theprotesters at Shaheen Bagh to convince them to end their two-month long agitation over the CAA.
However, the matter will be heard by the Supreme Court again on February 24. In the past two months, the Shaheen Bagh has attracted nationwide attention due to a continued anti-CAA protests by elderly women there.