‘Spineless Govt and Spineless Court’

What is this drama the Supreme Court doing by asking mediators appointed by it to go to Shaheen Bagh and request the anti CAA protesters to vacate the roadblocks? The Court should have directed the police to throw out the protesters blocking the roads near Shaheen Bagh by using force. People have a right to protest, but no one has the right to block roads or break the law. There may be medical emergencies where patients may die because of the roadblocks. There may be other great public inconveniences because of them.

How are roadblocks being tolerated? The govt should have ordered the police to evict the road blockers, and since it did not, the court should have done it, but it seems both are spineless. The mediators will now go like beggars before this lawless gang and with folded hands plead to them to depart. Is this the way the state should behave, kowtowing before these lawbreakers?
Evidently the Shaheen Bagh protesters, in view of a great deal of publicity they have received, nationally and internationally, regard themselves above the law, and Shaheen Bagh as an independent country where the writ of the Indian state does not run.

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Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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