SC tells Delhi Police to decide on farmers’ Jan 26 tractor rally ((Social Media)
Entry of farmers into Delhi is a law and order problem and any decision in this regard should be taken by the Delhi Police, said the Supreme Court on Monday.
The statement was made by a three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde while hearing an application filed by Delhi Police to direct farmers not to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations in the Capital on January 26.
The matter will now be heard on January 20 when the bench dealing with petitions against the farmer protests will be available.
This bench, which last assembled on January 12, comprises CJI Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
On that day, the court had stayed the implementation of the three farm laws under challenge and formed a four-member expert committee to study the concerns raised by the farmer unions and submit its recommendations to the court in eight weeks.
The Delhi Police in its application further stated that no tractor rally by farmers should be allowed as such a form of protest will malign the nation globally.
“The intervention by this court has been grossly misunderstood. We have not taken charge of the entire issue except one. Should the Supreme Court tell police that you have enough powers under Police Act,” said the bench on Monday.
SG Mehta told the court that when the matter is taken up on Wednesday, the Centre would make detailed arguments on the dignity attached to the constitutional ceremony of Republic Day parade. In its application, the Delhi Police informed the court of the possibility of a tractor march by certain farmer unions in Delhi.
Farmers are protesting the 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. The three laws in question, presently stayed by the top court.
While staying the three legislations, the court said that this extraordinary step. In addition, it was being taken to encourage farmers bodies to convince their members to get back to their livelihood. Both in order to protect their own lives and health. And in order to protect the lives and properties of others.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting near Delhi against three farm laws since late November. And have held nine rounds of talks with the government so far.
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