The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday indicated that a negotiation committee may be formed to resolve the issue of Farmers’ protest against the three Farm’s Bills i.e. 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.
In response to this Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the court that the government will never go against the farmers. The Supreme court replied that the negotiation talks between the Government and the Farmers seem unable to curb this issue. The court apprehended that if the disputes will not settle soon, it can become a national issue and will then become difficult to control.
The Hon’ble Court issued notice to the Centre on the batch of petitions which were filed seeking immediate removal of the farmers protesting at the border areas of Delhi- NCR on the ground that it can increase the risk of COVID-19 spread in the capital city.
The Petitioners were represented by Advocate Dushyant Tiwari submitted the verdict of the Shaheen Bagh Case, “Public Places cannot be occupied indefinitely”.
Advocate Om Prakash Parihar also tried to compare Framers’ Protest with Shaheen Bagh Case saying,
“We have, thus, no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests is not acceptable and the administration ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions.”
It was also emphasized in the petition that the protesters are “posing hurdles for accessing the emergency medical services.”
On this, the CJI remarked that the only party which is causing obstruction and blockage to the road is the government.
Permission was granted to implead farmer organizations by a Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. The Supreme Court to hear the matter tomorrow.
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