Your right to protest shouldn’t encroach on others’ rights, SC mediator tells Shaheen Bagh protesters
   Date :20-Feb-2020
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SUPREME Court-appointed mediator Sadhana Ramachandran on Wednesday interacted with the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh and said that their right to protest should not affect the right of others to use public road and services. “The Supreme Court has said that you have the right to protest. The law (CAA) has been challenged in the Supreme Court. But like us, others too have their rights, like the right to use roads, open their shops, students reaching their schools.
Your right to protest should not affect the right of others to use these services,” Ramachandran said at Shaheen Bagh. Talking to the protesters, she said that she will hear them out and together they will find a solution that will set an example for not only the country but for the world.
“It will tell the world that we think about everyone and not only ourselves,” she told the demonstrators protesting against the recently implemented Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde also read the Supreme Court order to the protesters. “We have come here according to the order of the Supreme Court. We hope to speak to everyone. We hope to resolve the matter with everybody’s co-operation,” Hegde told reporters ahead of the interaction.
The Supreme Court had on Monday appointed senior lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran besides former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah to go and talk to protesters at Shaheen Bagh area to convince them to hold the agitation at an alternative site. But Habibullah skipped the meet with protesters for reasons unknown. The apex court has fixed the matter for further hearing on February 24.