Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders and formed a four-member committee to negotiate with the farmers on the acts.
“The implementation of the three laws lasted till further orders,” said Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
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A bench of three judges headed by the CJI is hearing, including petitions filed by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva, RJD MP Manoj K Jha about the constitutional validity of the three agricultural laws passed by the central government.
“We are setting up a committee so that we have a clear picture. We do not want to hear the argument that farmers will not go to the committee. We are looking to solve the problem. If you (farmers) want to go on indefinite agitation So you can do that,” said CJI Bobde.
“We are concerned about the validity of the laws and also about protecting the life and property of citizens affected by protests. We are trying to solve the problem in accordance with the powers we have. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation and make a committee,” he said
In addition, the Supreme Court issued a notice on the Delhi Police’s application to stop the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day. The CJI said that in this order we will say that farmers can apply for permission of the Delhi Police Commissioner for the protest at Ram Leela Maidan or other places.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for one of the petitioners, said that the committee would help in an objective report before the court. He said that the enforcement of the law should not be seen as a political victory.
“It should be seen as a serious examination of concerns expressed over the legislations. It should bring tempers down and bring confidence in people. The minimum sale price is not be dismantled, Salve said. Two things which are causing concern, land, and MSP,” Salve said.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the three newly enacted farm laws – 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