Police will decide: SC on farmers’ Republic Day rally

New Delhi: As the Centre sought an order against the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day, the Supreme Court today said the entry of protesting farmers into Delhi has to be decided by the Delhi Police as it is a matter of ‘law and order’.

The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, said Delhi Police is at liberty to invoke all powers under the law and has all the power to deal with law and order situations.

The CJI said, ‘Who should be allowed and the number of people to enter are all matters of law and order to be decided by the police. We are not the first authority.’

The authorities had moved the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor march or any other kind of protest by farmers which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of Republic Day on 26 January. The apex court is likely to hear the petition on 18 January.