“If everybody starts protesting everywhere, what would happen,” wondered the Supreme Court on Monday as it sought a response from the Centre, Delhi Police and the National Capital Territory government on a plea for removal of Shaheen Bagh protests that are blocking the road connecting Delhi and Noida.

“You can’t block public roads like this. It can’t go on indefinitely on public roads,” said a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph. It said protests can be organised at a designated place but no inconvenience should be caused to the public.

After the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act, Shaheen Bagh has emerged as the nerve centre of protests against the law, inspiring similar agitations in other cities. Hundreds, including women and children, are sitting on dharna since December 15.

A plea was made to the court for directing the authorities to remove protesters causing inconvenience to people commuting between Delhi and Noida.