New Delhi: The Supreme Court on February 17 appointed senior lawyers to go and talk to protesters at Shaheen Bagh area to convince them to hold the agitation at an alternative site.

The lawyers appointed are Sanjay Hegde, Sadhna Ramachandran and former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah

The apex court has fixed the matter for further hearing on February 24.

During the hearing, Justice KM Joseph observed, "Right to protest is a fundamental right, across the countries. We have expressed our opinion and we are hopeful of a solution, if nothing is done, we will leave it to the concerned authorities."

Advocate Deo Sudhi, appearing for one of the petitioners Nand Kishor Garg, said that the protesters have not taken any kind of due permission from the concerned authorities and police.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also apprised the court, "We had a meeting with welfare societies that it's not fair to bring the entire city to hostage under the garb of protest... There are continuous efforts of negotiations going on."

On February 10, a two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and also comprising Justice KM Joseph issued notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and the police over the protest.