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‘If Centre doesn’t put stay on farm laws, we will do it’: SC slams Modi govt amid ongoing farmers’ protest
January 11, 2021
The Supreme Court on Monday expressed disappointment over the way the Centre has handled talks with farmers’ unions over the three farm laws.
The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, is hearing a batch of petitions, including those filed by DMK lawmaker Tiruchi Siva and RJD’s Manoj K Jha, against the constitutional validity of three farm laws, along with the plea to remove protesting farmers. “What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws,” the bench told the Centre.
The Chief Justice of India while hearing the case said, “If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it.”
“Our intention is to see if we can bring about an amicable resolution of the problem. Why don’t you (Centre) put your laws on hold? If there is some sense of responsibility now, you can say we will not implement our laws. We will have a committee of distinguished officers… Withhold the implementation of laws till there is a discussion by the proposed committee,” it said.
SC also pointed out that there is not a single petition before it, which says the laws are beneficial.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
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