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‘Will hear pleas after Delhi polls’: SC on Shaheen Bagh protests

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said it would hear the pleas against anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh next week as it did not want to “influence” the Delhi assembly elections by hearing the matter on Friday.

Polls in the national capital will be held on Saturday and the matter will now be heard on Monday.

“We understand there is a problem and we have to see how to resolve it. We will take it up on Monday. We will be in a better position by then,” a bench comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said. When an advocate appearing for one of the petitioners said that voting for Delhi election is scheduled on February 8, the bench noted, “That is exactly why we are saying come on Monday. Why should we influence it?” The bench also asked the petitioners to come prepared on Monday to argue on why the matter should not be remitted back to the Delhi High Court.

“We think it would be appropriate if the high court deals with the matter. The high court is the appropriate forum and we can issue directions to this effect,” the bench said.

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