Supreme Court to hear plea seeking removal of farmers protesting at Delhi Borders

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a plea seeking direction from authorities to immediately remove the farmers who are protesting against the farm laws at several border points of Delhi.
The plea filed by a law student, Rishab Sharma through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar is to be heard on 16th December.

The petition has stated that Delhi Police had, allowed the protesters to hold a demonstration peacefully at the Nirankari ground in Burari, but despite that, they have blocked the borders of the National Capital. They referred to the order delivered by the court on 7th October during the CAA protests at the Shaheen Bagh area which stated “public spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely and demonstrations expressing dissent have to be staged at designated places alone.”

It has also stated that the ongoing protests, traffic movement has been disrupted at several border points of the National Capital as the police have kept key routes connecting Delhi to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh closed. This has affected traffic and has caused hinderance to people who want to travel outside for medical treatments.

The petition further recognises the various COVID-19 protocols are not being followed and the gathering of lakhs of farmers is a potential threat to the spreading of the virus. The petition also states the protesters can continue to protest peacefully after the threat is reduced.

The plea seeks authorities to take immediate action in : opening roads at Delhi borders, shifting protesters to other places and ensuring the COVID-19 protocols are followed.

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