10th February, 2020
The Supreme Court on Monday took cognizance of the case of the death of the infant's parents who returned home after joining the ongoing protest in the Shaheen Bagh to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Suryakant took a stern stance on the objection by some lawyers for automatic cognizance of the case of the death of a 4-month-old child.
Hearing on demand to ban minors for participating in demonstrations:
The bench questioned the women advocates appearing in the case, 'Can a 4-month-old child take part in such protests?' Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that it was not appropriate to take minors like a four-month-old child to the protest site. The top court took automatic cognizance of the incident on the basis of a letter written by National Bravery Award winner Jane Gunaratna Sadavarte. Sadawarte said in this letter that minors should be banned from participating in any kind of protests and agitations.
Do not use this platform to increase problems:
The apex court has issued notices to the Central and Delhi governments in this matter and sought their response. The bench also expressed grief over the statements of two women advocates about the children involved in this protest being described as 'Pakistani' and 'anti-national' in their schools. It said, 'We do not want people to use this platform to further increase the problems.'
We are not suppressing anyone's voice:
The bench expressed displeasure over the fact that the lawyers were deviating from the issue taken by them on their own cognizance. It said, 'We are not considering CAA or NRC. We are not even considering abuses like Pakistani in schools. The bench clarified that she is not suppressing anyone's voice. It said, 'We are not suppressing anybody's voice. This is an automatic cognizance proceeding by the apex court in the right way. Two women advocates said they wanted to intervene in this matter on behalf of journalist and activist John Dayal and the mother of two children.
Category: India: Delhi