New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday take up pleas against the ongoing anti-CAA protests at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The apex court had on February 26 adjourned the hearing in the case to March 23 after a three-member mediation panel appointed by it was unable to convince the agitators to leave the protest site. Also Read - Petrol Bomb Hurled Near Shaheen Bagh Protest, Probe on
Tomorrow, however, the top court will take up not just the earlier petitions, but also fresh ones that were filed earlier this week. While the old petitions seek removal of protesters from the protest site as they have been blocking a key road connecting Delhi with its satellite city of Noida, the new ones seek their eviction due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Kids and Elderly Barred, Use of Mics Prohibited; With Tweaks, Shaheen Bagh Protest to Continue on 'Janata Curfew'
Despite restrictions announced in the national capital due to COVID-19, the protesters have refused to budge; instead, they claim that they are taking necessary precautions to prevent the deadly infection from spreading. Theysay that they won’t move till the Centre withdraws CAA-NPR-NRC. Also Read - No 'Janata Curfew' at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Anti-CAA Protests to Continue
Notably, protests against the controversial citizenship act started here on December 15 in the wake of Delhi Police’s crackdown on the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus. In the days to come, however, the protest has gone from strength-to-strength and has also inspired similar women-led sit-in protests across the country.
In February, in the build-up to the Delhi Assembly polls, a man had opened fire near the protest site; he was arrested and recently released on bail. On Sunday too, a petrol bomb was allegedly hurled at the protest site.