Oct 23, 2021 11:08 UTC
Oct 23, 2021 at 11:08 UTC
SC: No objection to farmers protest as legal challenge is pending
The Supreme Court has observed that it does not have any objection against farmers’ right to protest even concerning matters pending before courts, but those protests cannot involve blocking public roads indefinitely.
The Apex Court decided to address the issue regarding whether a party that has approached the court can exercise the right to protest in public when the case was sub-judice. Another two-judge bench of the Supreme Court was also examining this issue brought by Kisan Mahapanchayat, seeking permission to hold protests against the farm laws at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar region. The two-judge bench orally made remarks and objected that a party approaching the court could not exercise the right to protest.
The petition was brought before the Supreme Court by a resident of NOIDA against the road blockades at the Delhi-NCR region as part of the farmers’ protests.
The counsel appearing on behalf of the farmers suggested that the blockage at the current site is due to the prevention of their passage to Ramlila Maidan. The court stated that it could not answer whether the farmers could continue their protest to Ramlila Maidan at the current stage, but it did not prevent the farmers from continuing with their protest.