Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking to open Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, says police’s responsibility to manage traffic

Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking to open Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, says police’s responsibility to manage traffic

January 14, 2020 0 By Virendra Yadav

Saying that it is the responsibility of the police to manage traffic, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday disposed of an application seeking directions on the removal of barricades from Shaheen Bagh-Kalindi Kunj stretch, which has been closed since 15 December due to ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

“It ought to be kept in mind that whenever any agitation or protest is going on, situation is like fluid – keep on changing looking to the temperament of the protesters and resistances by other people. Simultaneously, police has to maintain the law and order. Hence, the respondents have all power, jurisdiction and authority to control the traffic, wherever protests or agitations are going on, in the larger public interest. In such a situation, no specific writ, order or direction can be issued by this Court as to handle the agitation or protest or the place of protest and the traffic. It all depends upon the ground reality and the wisdom of the police, where situations may keep changing every 10 minutes,” read the Delhi High Court order.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court had agreed to hear a PIL seeking to open Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch.

The petition, filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni, said the road closure is “causing huge inconvenience/hardship to lakhs of commuters every day and they are compelled to take different routes for last one month”.

The plea was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar which listed it for hearing on Tuesday.

The petition sought direction to the Delhi Police Commissioner to withdraw the closure of Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh Stretch and Okhla underpass, which were closed on 15 December, 2019, for ongoing protests against CAA and National Register of Citizen (NRC). It was a temporary measure but has been extended from time to time.

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