If you want to take to streets, then don't come to us: CJI Bobde to students

Chief Justice SA Bobde said the SC would not accept public properties being destroyed in the name of such protests that were held in Jamia Millia Islamia or AMU.

Published: 16th December 2019 04:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2019 07:38 PM   |  A+A-

Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde

Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday gave a stern message to the protesting students across the country who are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, and said the top court will not be held to ransom or be bullied as it set the date for hearing the matter on such protests for Tuesday.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the apex court would not accept public properties being destroyed in the name of such protests that were held in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University and Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh Muslim University late on Sunday.

The court observed that just being students, they could not take the law into their own hands. He made it clear that the court would only hear the matter if no further violent protests took place. He said the court was not saying students were responsible or that the police were innocent.

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"We know what are rights...What is this? Public properties are being destroyed. We will decide it in cool frame of mind," said the Chief Justice to the lawyers.

The top court said it should first be assured that there is peace and no rioting, and then only it will hear the matters connected with the alleged police high-handedness on violent protests in Jamia area in south Delhi against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said, "first, we want to be assured that there would be peace, and if you want to take to street, then in that scenario, do not come to us".

Senior advocates Indira Jaising and Colin Gonsalves mentioned the matter before the court alleging police violence against students in Jamia. The Chief Justice told the lawyers that students can't say they have a right to breach the law and order.

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The apex court reiterated its warning that if protest, violence and destruction of public properties go on, then "we will not hear".

The apex court agreed to take up the matter on Tuesday related to violence against students in Jamia Millia Islamia University, and also consider the case of disturbances in Aligarh Muslim University over the CAA.


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  • Zeeshan Ali

    ?? ?? ?? ???? ???? ? Which law says street protesters can't go to court ?
    2 years ago reply
    • Prapur

      Are you following law when you destroy public or private properties. Try it in any western or other democratic countries and jailed for life.
      2 years ago reply
  • Omkar

    What an arrogant ignorant man. This statement makes him unfit for the chair he is sitting on. What students are doing is constitutional and are agitating for their rights.
    2 years ago reply
    • Prapur

      He is just asserting and letting know that no one has right to destroy properties
      2 years ago reply
  • Menon

    The Court also must consider whether the student or for that anybody else has right to destroy property - public or private; whether they have right to violent protest and there needs to be a standing order that in such cases shoot at sight order will be a standing instruction. Further any student caught on violent protest has to be rusticated for life from availing ANY educational facility. These are possible in view of the present video coverage. Further it should be clarified that Police can enter Universities etc in hot pursuit. Educations are not to be hotbeds of criminals and terrorists. One stone thrown from Students should result in all people in that assembly being unlawful and they should ALL be rusticated for FIVE YEARS. It is time people understood that using rioting as a political tool is passé. No ourt should interfere in such actions. In the case of the Jamia etc the proctors should be held personally liable and prosecuted for not calling the police in time. They should be charged with destruction of public and private property and made to make good the loss. Times are changing. We have to be careful of the enemies of the Nation and strong action should follow. The media that spreads lies and divisive propaganda should be closed and the editors punished for instigation under international humanitarian law.
    2 years ago reply
  • Kanwal jit Singh Gill

    CJI telling people not to follow legal peaceful ways to protest against Modi government. What a shameful action.
    2 years ago reply
    • Prapur

      2 years ago reply
  • Falx

    What is CJI waiting for.... student deaths ??
    2 years ago reply
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