PIL cites coronavirus to seek eviction of protesters at Shaheen Bagh

The PIL filed by advocate Ashutosh Dubey argued that the congregation needed to disperse to prevent community spread of the disease which was a threat to the whole world.

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Notice board put by demonstrator at Shaheen Bagh where Women of Shaheen Bagh continue their sit-in protest against the CAA
NEW DELHI: A public interest litigation filed on Thursday has sought the Supreme Court’s intervention to have all protesters in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and elsewhere evicted over the threat from Covid-19. They protesters can return after the pandemic ends, the PIL said.

The PIL filed by advocate Ashutosh Dubey argued that the congregation needed to disperse to prevent community spread of the disease which was a threat to the whole world. “Several lakhs in Delhi will be at immediate threat as it is very contagious if by any chance this disease takes a shape of community spread i.e. if it reaches to Stage 3 and as such it is very much necessary for immediate intervention,” the PIL said.

The protestors have been sitting there for over 96 days now, demanding that the government withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act. Those opposed have blamed them for the traffic gridlock in the city and inhibiting the movement of emergency vehicles. There’s a state of national emergency in India too, the petition pointed.


By removing them the court would be protecting the fundamental rights and life of several thousands of lives in Delhi, it argued. People affected by “such irresponsible acts of the protesters and the state” were not in a position to remove the protesters and therefore they were moving the court. At least 300 women and children are at the protest venue and the crowd run into thousands on holidays.

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