Shaheen Bagh case/ Delhi HC directs cops to look into matter in larger public interest

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday disposed of a petition seeking directions to the police to open Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch which has been closed since December 15, due to ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Hearing the petition on Tuesday seeking to withdraw closure of Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, the court asked the Delhi Police to look into the matter in larger public interest and deal with the issue of maintaining law and order.

The Delhi HC had on Monday agreed to hear a PIL seeking to open Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch. The road closure is causing huge inconvenience/hardship to lakhs of commuters everyday and they are compelled to take different routes for last one month, the plea said.

The petition, filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni, sought direction to the Delhi Police Commissioner to withdraw the closure of Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh Stretch and Okhla underpass, which were closed on December 15, 2019 for ongoing protests against CAA and National Register of Citizen. It was a temporary measure but has been extended from time to time.

The Kalindi Kunj stretch is quite crucial as it connects Delhi, Faridabad (Haryana) and Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and commuters who use these roads are forced to take alternative routes Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Expressway and Ashram, which is causing hours of traffic jams and wastage of time and fuel, it said.

The plea said children, who take that route, are compelled to leave home two hours prior to school timing.

It claimed that the authorities have failed to take appropriate action to give relief to the residents of the locality and lakhs of commuters of Delhi, UP and Haryana.