NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned till 23 March the hearing on pleas challenging the ongoing protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 at New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
The apex court also pulled up Delhi police for not being able to handle the violence in northeast Delhi.
The court held that it will hear the case on Shaheen Bagh once things have settled and there is a favourable environment to hear the pleas related to the sensitive issues arising from anti-CAA protests.
The bench headed by Justice Kishan Kaul said, "Let the matter cool down, first."
On Monday, the interlocutors - senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran, who were appointed by the apex court and were tasked to convince the protesters to change the venue of their agitation, submitted their report in a sealed cover to the top court.
Hundreds of people have been on a sit-in demonstration along a stretch in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to protest the contentious CAA for more than two months. This has led to frequent traffic snarls.
Two petitions have been filed on this matter. Advocate and activist Amit Sahni had filed a plea in the SC against Shaheen Bagh protesters, claiming that the sit-in disrupted daily life in the area.
“No one can be permitted to occupy a public road for any reason whatsoever and that too for an indefinite period to make others suffer for this," the plea contended.
Justice KM Joseph on Wednesday also criticised the police force for "lack of professionalism", saying it was a malaise across the country that police waited for orders before acting against violence.
Clashes between supporters and protesters of the contentious citizenship law broke out on Sunday evening near Jaffrabad in Delhi. Violence intensified on Monday and Tuesday, claiming 20 lives and leaving more than 189 injured.