On Monday, the Supreme Court has appointed two advocates and a former bureaucrat to engage with the anti-CAA protesters for shifting the venue of the protest currently being held at Shaheen Bagh. The three interlocutors include senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramchandran and former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah.
SC-appointed mediators on Shaheen Bagh Protests:
Senior advocate at the Supreme Court, Sanjay R Hegde began his career in 1989. He has also taken up cases for citizens who were excluded from NRC, some other popular cases that he took up includes Kashmir, mob lynching cases and in the recent time’s famous Aarey forest case in Mumbai.
In last year’s October, he also got his twitter account suspended by the micro-blogging site for posting an anti-Nazi picture. Hegde has also worked on several high profile cases and has appeared for the Government of India before an international Arbitral tribunal.
He has also argued for the Union of India’s arguing panel on the Supreme Court between 1996 to 2004.
Wajahat Habibullah is the former Chief Information Commissioner who was also the chairperson for National Commission for Minorities. He was Divisional Commissioner of eight districts of the Kashmir Division in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir between 1991 and 1993. He has written three books on Kashmir where he is vocal in his criticism against revoking of Article 370.
Supreme Court Senior Lawyer Sadhana Ramachandran has been the Secretary of the Arbitration Department at Delhi High Court Resolution.
Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking clearance of the Kalindi Kunj stretch which has been blocked due to the Shaheen Bagh protest for two months now.
The first petition was filed by lawyer and activist Amit Sahni. The second petition has been filed by BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg.
The next hearing will happen as scheduled on February 24 regarding this matter by the interlocutors.