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Supreme Court is set to deliver its verdict today right to protest against inconvenience caused to other people

October 07, 2020 07:19 AM

New Delhi, October 7, 2020
The Supreme Court is set to deliver its verdict today on a batch of petitions against the anti-citizenship law protests that swept Delhi's Shaheen Bagh earlier this year, with the focus on balancing individuals' right to protest against inconvenience caused to other people.

In what could be a hugely influential ruling, the top court will decide if there can be "an indefinite period of protests in a common area (that) creates inconvenience for others", or if there need to be limitations on the length and intensity of the protest. The court has already noted that there cannot be a "universal policy" since circumstances may "vary" from case-to-case.

A bench consisting of Justices SK Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari had reserved its verdict at the last hearing on September 21. "We have to balance the right to protest and blocking of roads. In a parliamentary democracy, protests can happen in parliament and on roads. But on roads, it has to be peaceful, " the three-member bench said at the time.
- Agencies

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