New Delhi: In a fresh development in the ongoing Shaheen Bagh logjam, the Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the course of action to persuade protesters to relocate their protest to an alternate site. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: 'Can't Have Everyone on Road', Says SC; Appoints Senior Counsels as Interlocutors
The meeting will take place at the residence of senior Supreme Court advocate Sanjay Hegde, one of the three ‘interlocutors.’ The two other members of the mediate committee are Sadhana Ramachandra-who herself is a senior SC counsel-and Wajahat Habibullah, former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
In yesterday’s hearing, the top court, while recognising the protesters’ right to protest, observed that ‘if everybody starts blocking roads, even if due to genuine concerns, where does it stop?’ The two-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, also observed that ‘while democracy works on the expression of views, there are lines and boundaries.’
The court then appointed the three-member mediation panel and adjourned the hearing to February 24.
Shaheen Bagh as emerged as the epicentre of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the country. The protesters, who are mostly women, have been on a sit-in against the CAA since December. They, however, are sitting on a key road connecting Delhi to its satellite city of Noida, causing inconveniences to lakhs of commuters everyday.
It is in connection with this inconvenience that a plea had been moved in the top court.
On Sunday, protesters trying to march towards Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence were stopped and turned back by the Delhi Police. Last week, the Home Minister had said that he was ready to meet the Shaheen Bagh protesters and would given an appointment within three days of the same being sought.