New Delhi: The Supreme Court today (July 23) said there cannot be a “complete ban” on holding protests and sit-ins at Jantar Mantar here, and asked the Centre to frame guidelines for according sanctions to such events.
A bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said there was a need for striking a balance between conflicting rights such as the right to protest and right of citizens to live peacefully.
“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 verdict came on a batch of petitions, including the one filed by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, challenging the decision of the National Green Tribunal which had banned all kinds of protests at Jantar Mantar and Boat Club.