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SC gives judgement regarding Right to Protest

  • IASbaba
  • October 8, 2020
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SC gives judgement regarding Right to Protest

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Fundamental Rights; Judiciary

In news

  • The Supreme Court has recently highlighted that occupying public places for protests is not acceptable and such a space cannot be occupied indefinitely.

Key highlights of the judgement

  • The verdict came after a plea was filed against the Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests which had led to blocking of a road in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi last December.
  • The judgment upheld the right to peaceful protest against a law 
  • It also made clear that public ways and public spaces cannot be occupied, especially indefinitely.
  • The rights to free speech and peaceful protest were “treasures” but also subject to reasonable restrictions imposed in the interests of sovereignty, integrity and public order. 
  • The right of the protester has to be balanced with the right of the commuter. They have to co-exist in mutual respect.
  • The bench also said that it was entirely the responsibility of the administration to prevent encroachments in public spaces.

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