Farmers have right to protest but they can’t block roads indefinitely: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the farmers have the right to protest but cannot block the roads indefinitely . A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul said it was not against the right to protest even when the legal challenge is pending but ultimately some solution has to be found. 

“Farmers have right to protest but they cannot keep roads blocked indefinitely. You may have a right to agitate in any manner but roads should not be blocked like this. People have right to go on roads but it cannot be blocked.” the bench also comprising Justice M M Sundresh said.

SKM responded by saying that the road management can done be better by the police and if police can’t manage then allow the farmers to protest at Ram Lila ground or Jantar Mantar .

The top court asked the farmer unions, who have been arrayed as parties in the case, to respond within three weeks on the issue and posted the matter for hearing on December 7.

The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by a Noida-resident Monicca Agarwal complaining of delays in daily commute caused due to the road blockade owing to the ongoing farmers’ protests.

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