New Delhi: Hearing pleas seeking removal of anti-CAA protesters from Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that larger issues need to be handled first while fixing the matter for further hearing on March 23. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Hearing: SC-Appointed Interlocutors Submit Report, Matter to be Heard on February 26
“There is need for magnanimity and for situation to cool down before Shaheen Bagh issue is taken up,” said the top court. Also Read - 'Shaheen Bagh-Like Protests Wherever BJP is in Power,' Says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors had on Monday filed their report in a sealed cover in the Supreme Court on the ongoing protests at Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Advocate Sadhna Ramachandran, who was appointed an interlocutor along with senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, placed the report before a bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: Locals of Sarita Vihar, Jasola Protest Road Blockade as Agitation Completes Ten Weeks
The bench had made it clear that the report of interlocutors will not be shared with the petitioners and counsels representing the Centre and Delhi Police at this stage.
Further, speaking on the violence that broke out in Delhi’s northeast area, the bench said, “The problem is lack of professionalisation of police. And their lack of independence. If the police acts completely in accordance with the law, many of these problems won’t take place. If someone makes an inflammatory remark, police will swing into action but not otherwise.”
“Administration will determine who is responsible for all this, we don’t want to say anything at this stage, Justice Kaul said.
Notably, the death toll in the riots that rocked the national capital in the past three days has risen to 20. Over 180 people are known to be injured during the clashes.