Will farm laws be stayed? SC to decide today

Chennai: The Supreme Court will pronounce orders today on various issues related to the new farm laws and the farmers’ ongoing protest at Delhi borders and may take a call on setting up of a committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India (CJI) to find ways to resolve the impasse.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which indicated during the hearing that it may pass orders in parts on the issues concerning farm laws and farmers’ protest, later uploaded the information on the website.

The bench on Monday heard a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues of citizens’ right to move freely during the ongoing farmers’ stir.

It pulled up the Centre for its handling of the farmers protest against the new farm laws saying it is extremely disappointed with the way negotiations between them were going.

It also indicated amply that it may go to the extent of staying the implementation of the contentious farm laws and refused to grant extra time to the Centre to explore the possibility of amicable solution saying it has already granted the government a ‘long rope’.

On Monday, the top court asked the Central government whether it would pause the implementation of three controversial farm laws at the core of massive farmer protests near Delhi, saying the situation had gone worse.

“Tell us whether you will put the laws on hold or else we will do it. What’s the prestige issue here?”

The bench further said, “Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?’ The bench added that not a single plea has been filed that said that the ‘farm laws are good.”

Demanding to know the conditions the farmers have been protesting in against the farm laws for over a month and amid a pandemic, CJI Bobde said, “We don’t know what negotiations are going on? We want to set up the expert committee. We want the government to hold the laws in abeyance…if the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it.”

“Hold the laws in abeyance, why is it a prestige issue?” asked the Supreme Court.

 

NT Bureau