The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought initiation of contempt proceedings against some top officials of the Centre, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, alleging that they have deliberately disregarded the verdict in the 2020 Shaheen Bagh case. It alleged that they had failed to clear the protesting farmers from the roads leading to the national capital. The new petition referred to the Supreme Court’s October 7, 2020 judgment in which the court had held that public places cannot be occupied indefinitely and protestors expressing dissatisfaction will have to go to designated places. The Supreme Court gave the verdict while hearing petitions seeking removal of anti-CAA protesters from a road in Shaheen Bagh here. The petition has been filed on a day when farmers have completed 300 days of protest against three controversial agriculture laws of the Centre. The petition, filed on behalf of local BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg, has said that contempt proceedings should be initiated against the respondents for willful disobedience and for not initiating action against the protesters in light of the October 7, 2020. The petition, filed through advocates Shashank Deo Sudhi and Dinesh Kumar Dakoriya, has held the Union Cabinet Secretary and Home Secretary, Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana responsible for the alleged contempt. The petition said that despite requests from the authorities, they did not act, due to which protests are still going on on public roads near the borders of Delhi. Thousands of farmers from across the country, including Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting for the past ten months at various entry points in Delhi against the three agriculture laws of the Centre.
[Attribution to NBT]