Mumbai: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it plans to suspend new agricultural laws, but not indefinitely. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobade said that the apex court is also forming a committee to get a clear picture of the three agricultural laws.
“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 agitate indefinitely, you can do so,” CJI Bobde said.
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. The argument to disperse the protesting farmers.
“We are concerned about the legality of the laws and also about protecting the lives and property of citizens affected by the protest. We are trying to solve this problem according to the powers that we have. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation and make a committee,” he said.
“This committee will be for us. All of you who are hoping to resolve this issue will go before this committee. It will not pass an order or punish you, it will only submit a report to us … The committee is part of the judicial process in this case. We are planning to suspend the laws but not indefinitely,” he added.
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