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“We will listen to everyone” says SC appointed mediators to Shaheen Bagh protesters

The court also recommended that the advocates seek help from former information commissioner and IAS officer Wajahat Habibullah

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed mediators had a dialogue with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday to read out the order of the court as they requested the agitators to listen to their opinion.

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 in another place. The court also recommended that the advocates seek help from former information commissioner and IAS officer Wajahat Habibullah.

“The top court has upheld your right to protest. However other citizens also have their rights and it should also be maintained,” said Ramachandran to the crowd assembled at the spot in huge numbers.

“We all want to together find a solution to the problem and we will listen to everyone,” she said.

Earlier, Hegde explained the SC order to the protesters which were 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 CAA, 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 favorites, we hope to resolve the matter inside with everyone’s cooperation,” he said.

However, there was some confusion at the place as the mediators urged the media to let them speak to protesters first but the women insisted that the conversation happens in the presence of the media.

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