Protest ban at Jantar Mantar overturned by Apex Court


New Delhi: Supreme Court of India has strike down the ban on protest at Jantar Mantar. Apex court has turned the decision of National Green Tribunal (NGT) which had banned all kinds of sit-ins and protest at Jantar Mantar.

The bench of Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said there was a need for striking a balance between conflicting rights such as right to protest and right of citizens to live peacefully.

The Supreme Court today said there cannot be a “complete ban” on holding protests and sit-ins at Jantar Mantar in the National Capital, and asked the Centre to frame guidelines for according sanctions to such events.

“There cannot be a complete ban on holding protests at places like Jantar Mantar and Boat Club (near India Gate),” the bench said while directing the Centre to frame guidelines on the matter.

The petition filed by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghtan had sought to challenge the ban.

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