ILNS: The Supreme Court on Monday posted for May 7, a petition filed by a woman resident of Noida, seeking direction to ensure that the road connecting Delhi and Noida should be kept clear to keep the passage between the two cities hassle-free.
The Division Bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Hemant Gupta, during the hearing of the case, commented,
“If someone wants to build a village there, it should be built, but the life of others should not be in problem from the same”.
The court said that if the protesters do not accept the policy of the government, then the protest should not harm others. At the same time, the court said that people have the right to protest, but they cannot do so by creating hindrance to others.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, assured the Court that the Central government is trying relentlessly. A solution will be out soon, he added. Mehta urged the Bench to keep the matter for hearing after two weeks and the Court listed it for May 7.
In the previous hearing, the top court had impleaded Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments as parties in the case against blocking of roads due to farmers protest.
The court made it clear that the larger issue on farm laws can be decided judicially, politically or administratively, but the common man must not be inconvenienced. The Bench emphasised that in its previous judgements, the apex court had made it clear that roads should not be blocked.
Earlier, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to Central Government and Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear so that the passage is not affected.
Monicca Agarwal, a resident of Noida, had put forward her plea that she has to travel to Delhi daily for her marketing job and even though directions have been passed by the Court to keep the passage between Delhi and Noida clean, it has not been followed.
She stated that it takes two hours instead of 20 minutes to travel. She also said that she is a single mother and has some medical issues as well, thus it has become a nightmare for her. The petitioner also pointed out that various directions have been passed by the Court to keep the roads clear, but it did not happen.
“The only remedy available with common citizens like the petitioner to get rid of these so called ‘Andolankaris’ (protesters) is knocking the doors of this highest court of the land by way of petition/PIL,”
the plea said.
This is a single mother, who has to face so many issues because of these blocked roads, the Bench had observed.