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SC Refuses To Pass Order On Farmers’ Tractor Rally, Says Entry Into Delhi to Be Decided By Police

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to pass any order in protest against the farmers’ proposed tractor rally, which seeks to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations on 26 January.

Hearing the Center’s application for any form of prohibition of farmers’ protests or their proposed tractor rally, the apex court said that the question of entry into Delhi is a law-order situation to be determined by the police.

We are not going to say what you should do Delhi Police is the first officer to decide who should be allowed to enter the national capital, the SC bench chaired by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said.

The Center filed an application through the Delhi Police. It added that if any such proposed rally or protest by farmers disrupts the Republic Day parade, it is “an embarrassment to the nation.”

The SC had agreed to hear the plea on 12 January and posted it for hearing on 18 January. The bench issued a notice on the basis of the application and said that it should be served to those farmers unions who are opposing the new agricultural laws.

In its application, the Center has said that “humiliating the nation globally” can never be included in the right to protest. It urged the apex court to prohibit any form of protest in the form of tractor march, trolley march, vehicle march or any other model in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

On 12 January, the SC banned the implementation of the new controversial agricultural laws. It also formed a four-member committee, which would make recommendations to resolve the deadlock over laws between the Center and the protesting farmer unions.

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