Shaheen Bagh mediators submit report, Supreme Court to hear case tomorrow

A bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph, said their emissaries have placed the reports before the court and it will first go through them before deciding any course of action.

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The bench made it clear that the report of interlocutors will not be shared with the petitioners and counsels representing the Centre and Delhi Police at this stage.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday pleas to shift the Shaheen Bagh protesters to an alternative site to ease the traffic gridlock.

A bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph, said their emissaries have placed the reports before the court and it will first go through them before deciding any course of action.

“The interlocutors have placed their reports before us and we will go through them,” said Justice Kaul. The bench refused to share these reports with anyone for the time being.


The reports will not be made public for now to any of the parties to the case. Among those who have intervened in the case include Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and former information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

Habibullah has also sought the views of the protestors. The two key court-appointed interlocutors are senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sujata Ramachandran.

They visited the site multiple times to find out ways and means to resolve the standoff between the government and the protesters who have been sitting there for over 70 days now.
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BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg and advocate Amit Sahni had moved the court seeking to have the road reopened to ease the city’s traffic gridlock. The Shaheen Bagh protesters, Habibullah said are peaceful and open to ways to ease any traffic problems. He has suggested that the police open up some tertiary roads to ease traffic. The protesters have been demanding that the government hear them out but so far, no formal attempts have been made to negotiate with them.

Justice Kaul, had at the last hearing, said people have a right to protest peacefully but that cannot be on public roads. What will happen if all those wishing to protest come onto the streets. There will be utter chaos,” he had said. The government was asked to suggest alternate sites. Among those being suggested are Red Fort, Ramlila Maidan.
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