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Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Protests at Jantar Mantar The court allowed peaceful protests by saying there can't be a complete ban

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INDIA’s top court has lifted the ban on holding protests at the iconic Jantar Mantar in the heart of Central Delhi, saying “there can’t be a complete ban on protests”.

A Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and AK Sikri delivered the judgment on petitions filed by a non-government body.

Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Protests at Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar has been the site for famous protests like Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, #OROP and #NotInMyName.

Posted by Otus on Monday, July 23, 2018

This was after the National Green Tribunal had put a blanket ban on protests at India Gate, Boat Club, and in and around the Jantar Mantar area last year.

Appearing for the petitioners, Advocate Prashant Bhushan had contested the ban, saying it was “a gross violation of the fundamental right of people to meet, assemble & protest”.

The court has now asked the police to formulate guidelines within 2 months for granting permission to protesters within.

Jantar Mantar and Boat Club have been popular with protesters because of its proximity to Parliament and the seat of power in Central Delhi.

The place had found favour with protesters from all over India over issues ranging from Babri Masjid demolition, Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, farmers rights and one rank one pension in the army.

The Aam Aadmi Party welcomed the lifting of the ban and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to announce the party’s stand.

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