New Delhi: Observing that protesters ‘can’t block the entire city’, the Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party-led state government and Delhi police over the petitions against the agitation at Shaheen Bagh.

“You can’t block a public road. How can you continue protests at common areas? You can’t block the entire city,” a top court bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph observed.

The apex court observed that protests cannot be carried out at the cost of citizens’ interest. The observation from the apex court came after counsel for Bhim Army Chief Chandershekhar Azad contended that the matter is about balancing rights.

The next hearing in the case will be on February 17.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Amit Sahni who had sought directions to the authorities to remove the blockade on the Shaheen Bagh stretch, a main road connecting Kalindi Kunj and Noida.

Notably, a large number of women, most of them mothers and grandmothers from the neighbourhood, have been sitting on a street in Shaheen Bagh for over a month now in the longest continuous protest against the amended citizenship legislation.

Earlier on February 7 the SC had deferred hearing of Shaheen Bagh plea in view the Delhi Assembly Election 2020 as ‘it did not want to influence the polls’.

“We understand there is a problem and we have to see how to resolve it. We will take it up on Monday. We will be in a better position by then,” the top court bench comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had said.