The top court’s observation came while reserving the verdict on a batch of pleas against the anti-CAA protests which had led to blocking of a road in Shaheen Bagh in the national capital last December
The Supreme Court on Monday said the right to protest needs to be balanced with the right to movement of the public.
A Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was hearing a petition filed over seven months ago to shift the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors of Shaheen Bagh, most of them mothers and their children, to an alternative site as they had been “blocking” public movement and causing traffic snarls in the area.
The protestors were later removed by the police on March 24 with the outbreak of the pandemic and the resultant national lockdown.
Letter to CJI
The protestors had at the time written to Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde against the “forcible and…