Supreme Court appointed mediators hold talks with Shaheen Bagh protesters

The mediators appointed by the Supreme Court to hold a dialogue with anti-CAA protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday read out the order of the court as they urged the protesters to listen to their point of view.

A two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph on Monday had appointed senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran to mediate with the demonstrators and persuade them to move the protest elsewhere. The court also suggested that the advocates seek help from former information commissioner and IAS officer Wajahat Habibullah.

“The Supreme Court has upheld your right to protest. But then other citizens also have their rights and it should also be maintained,” Ramachandran told the crowd assembled at the spot in large numbers.

“We want to together find a solution to the problem. We will listen to everyone,” she said in Hindi.

The mediators left after spending a few hours at the site.

Ramachandran said the first meeting with the protesters has been fruitful. “They all want we should come tomorrow,” she said, adding that the mediators will visit Shaheen Bagh till Sunday.

Earlier, Hegde explained the Supreme Court order to the protesters. This was translated into Hindi by Ramachandran.

Hundreds of people, especially women, have been camping at Shaheen Bagh here for over two months in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, blocking an arterial road due to which the city has been facing traffic congestion.

Before beginning the talks, Hegde read out the order of the Supreme Court.

“We hope to speak to everyone inside and keep everyone briefed. There are no favourites, we hope to resolve the matter inside with everyone’s cooperation,” he said.

There was, however, some confusion at the site as the mediators requested the media to let them speak to protesters first but the women insisted that the conversation happen in the presence of the media.