India: The Supreme Court of India stayed the implementation of the three farm laws till further notice. The court also said that a committee would be made to look into the negotiations to end the heavy protests over the three laws near Delhi borders.
Moreover, the top court issued a notice on the Delhi Police petition seeking to stop the tractor rally planned by farmers on Republic Day.
The court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, also asked the help of protesting farmers.
The committee will include of Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana, Pramod Kumar Joshi, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.
During a hearing on petitions
challenging the farm laws and the farmer agitation at the Delhi border, the court’s ruling came during a hearing on petitioners.
Advocate M L Sharma, who is among the petitioners challenging the farm laws, told the Supreme Court the farmers are opposed to appearing before a committee. The CJI replied that those “genuinely” interested in finding a solution would appear before the committee.
CJI said to Sharma that the court is concerned about protecting citizens’ life and property affected by the farmers’ protests. “We are not seized with matters of life and death. We hear the validity of farm laws. We are trying to solve the problem following the law. We are forming the committee so that we have a clearer picture. We want to solve the problem. We want to know the ground situation,”
Meanwhile, the farmers – thousands of whom have been camped out around Delhi since late November – made this clear, as they did back then and in December, when they said: “now is not the time for a committee”.
The eighth round of talks between India’s
central government and the farmer unions on January 7 headed nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws, while the farmers’ leaders told they are ready to fight till death and their ‘home coming’ will happen only after ‘law taken back.’