The women protestors of Shaheen Bagh
recently approached the Supreme Court
seeking a joint hearing of the pending review petition filed against the Shaheen Bagh judgment
with the farm laws petition in the view of recent developments and subsequent observations made during the farm laws challenge hearings on the right to protest.
As per the plea, the judgement in review is essentially in relation to the right of citizens to protest against the policies of the government. It states that the Constitutional guarantee of fundamental rights available for the benefit of all the citizens is same and cannot be segregated.
"While dealing with the said issue, the judgment in review, this Hon'ble Court has made certain observations and given some findings in relation to the said right to protest and as per the present petitioner/applicant, the observations so made, take away the fundamental right to protest and upset the very concept of dissent which is one of foundations on which our democracy stands", the petition read, while stating, "We are of the view at this stage that the farmers' protest should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protesters or the police".
"Therefore, it is the prayer of the petitioner to club the aforesaid review petition along with the farm laws petitions so as to enable the petitioner a chance of oral hearing for making submissions," it further added.
Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari will consider the review petition against the Shaheen bagh Judgment today (February 9, 2021).