Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday said that it was “deeply disappointed” with the way negotiations are going on between the Center and farmers regarding the new farm laws.
Hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the three agricultural laws, the apex court asked the Center whether the controversial legislatures could be held for some time.
“We don’t know if the conversation is going on?” Can farm laws be put on hold for some time? “The SC bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde asked.
The CJI also warned that if the central government does not want to stop the implementation of the three laws, the apex court will stop it.
Bobde said, “We will implement the laws. You can carry forward the protests. But the question is whether the protests should be held at the same place.”
He, however, said that they were not talking about repealing the laws at this time, saying that “this is a very delicate situation.”
“What’s happening? States are revolting against your laws. Some people have committed suicide, old men and women are part of the movement. What is happening? Each of us will be responsible if something goes wrong. Do not want the blood of anyone with hands,” the CJI said, noting that not a single petition has been filed that farm laws are good.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been opposing the new agricultural laws at various border points in Delhi since 26 November.
Leaders of the Center and the farm union have so far held eight rounds of talks to end the deadlock over the laws, but have failed to achieve any major success. The two sides are scheduled to hold another meeting on 15 January.