Supreme Court has asked the central government to hold the farm laws or it will issue an order, saying it was “disappointed” how the negotiation with the farmers, who have been protesting against the farm laws, was handled.
Supreme Court directed the central government to hold the farm laws or the court will, while noting that the situation has become worse.
During the hearing of a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws, the Supreme Court said it “disappointed” with the way the negotiation process with the protesting farmers over the farm laws handled by the central government.
Demanding to know the conditions the farmers have protesting in against the farm laws for over a month and amid a pandemic, CJI Bobde said, “We don’t know what negotiations are going on? We want to set up the expert committee.
We want the government to hold the laws in abeyance…if the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it.”
The court said, “It’s [the farmers’ protest] getting worse and worse. People are committing suicide, sitting in this cold…Who is taking care of food and water? Is there any social distancing?
We don’t know why these farmers are keeping old people and women on the ground? Why should old people be out in the cold? Each one of us will be responsible if something goes wrong. We don’t want anybody’s blood on our hands.”
“You withhold the implementation of these [farm] laws because the only thing we see from the replies and from the media is that they have a problem with these laws. We don’t know whether you are part of the solution or part of the problem,” the Supreme Court said.
The Supreme Court said the intention was to bring about an amicable resolution to the issue. “That’s why we asked you if you can put your laws on hold. You’re seeking time for more negotiations. If you show some sense of responsibility by saying we will not implement these laws for now.
We will ask them to negotiate seriously and form a committee.”
“We proposing to pass an order to facilitate the solution to farm laws problem through a Committee to appointed by us”.
The Supreme Court said and asked the Center and the farmer unions.
To suggest names of former CJIs who can head the expert committee.
On arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, that several farmers’ associations and a “vast majority”.
Have extended their support to the farm laws, the Chief Justice of India.
SA Bobde, said no-one pleaded before the bench saying the farm laws beneficial. “Let that vast majority come to the committee and say we want it,” CJI Bobde said.
The court also suggested that it will not pass any order against any citizen or group of citizens saying they cannot protest. “We can say you cannot protest at this spot. We don’t want any criticism that the court is stifling protest. You carry on protest if you want to,” the court said while.
Suggesting that the site of the farmers’ protest be shifted.
The Supreme Court hearing will resume tomorrow.