How can highways be blocked perpetually: SC on farmers protests

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today observed that roads cannot remain blocked perpetually and asked the Union government what steps has it taken to remove the road blockade by farmers, protesting against three agriculture laws at Delhi borders.

A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul told the government’s counsel: ‘We have already laid down the law and you have to implement it. If we encroach, then you may say that we have trespassed on your domain.’

While hearing a PIL filed by a Noida-resident Monicca Agarwal complaining of delays in daily commute caused due to the road-blockade, the apex court remarked that the highways cannot be blocked perpetually. The issues should be rather resolved through judicial forum or parliamanetary debates, the Judges suggested.

Stating that it was the executive’s duty to implement the law laid down by the court, the SC allowed the Centre to file a formal application to make some farmer unions party to the plea seeking opening of road blockade along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at UP Gate. The matter will be heard next Monday when the application is filed.