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SC repeals 'complete ban' on holding demonstrations at Jantar Mantar calling it fundamental right
The Supreme Court on Monday repealed 'complete ban' on holding protests and sit-ins at places like Jantar Mantar and Boat Club in the national capital.

The court has asked the Centre to frame guidelines for giving sanctions to such events within two weeks. The apex court said that peacefully demonstrating is a fundamental right and that there was a need to strike a balance between conflicting rights such as the right to protest and the right of citizens to live peacefully.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on October 5 last year, had banned all demonstrations and protests at Jantar Mantar which has been a vantage point for holding agitations since decades, citing the reason that such activities at the historical monument violated environmental laws.

The Supreme Court has also issued notices to the Central government and Delhi Police for framing guidelines for granting permissions for holding protests. The court has also sought guidance from the traffic agencies to ensure smooth flow of traffic during demonstrations.

The apex court's ruling came on a series of petitions challenging NGT's order including the one filed by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), an Indian ex-servicemen's movement.

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