No blanket ban on protests at Jantar Mantar, Boat Club: Supreme Court

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New Delhi, July 23: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there cannot be any “blanket ban” on holding demonstrations at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and the Boat Club on Rajpath.

While emphasising on the need to balance between the right to protest and the security considerations, the apex court said that the central government will have to frame guidelines to regulate demonstrations and dharnas at both spots.

Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan delivered the verdict in a petition filed by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) seeking directions to allow protests in Central Delhi wherein all the government offices including Parliament House is located.

Besides this, the bench also noted that as it is there was a need for police permission for staging protests in the area.

Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan had appeared for the petitioners, while Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta represented the Central government.

Last year, the National Green Tribunal banned protests at the venue, saying they violated environmental laws.

In its order, the tribunal stated that it was the duty of the state government to safeguard its people from noise pollution.


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