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SC to hear pleas on farm laws, removal of farmers from Delhi borders today

The Monday hearing on the pleas by a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde assumes significance as the Centre and the farmer leaders are scheduled to hold their next meeting on January 15.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 11 Jan 2021 2:34 AM GMT

SC to hear pleas on farm laws, removal of farmers from Delhi borders today
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Amid a deadlock in the government’s negotiations with protesting farmer unions, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders.

The eighth round of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions on January 7 appeared heading nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders said they are ready to fight till death and their ‘ghar waapsi’ will happen only after ‘law waapsi’.

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The Monday hearing on the pleas by a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde assumes significance as the Centre and the farmer leaders are scheduled to hold their next meeting on January 15.

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The top court was told by the Centre that “healthy discussions” were going. There was good chance that both sides may come to a conclusion in the near future.

SC to hear pleas on farm laws, removal of farmers from Delhi borders today

The top court had then adjourned the hearing till January 11. Provided a settlement between the two parties was possible through talks.

Back on December 17, while hearing a plea on farmers' protest. The apex court had said that the agitation should be allowed to continue "without impediment". As the right to protest is a fundamental right.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws at various border points of Delhi since November 26.

Enacted in September, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their crops anywhere in the country.

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However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price (MSP). Also, do away with the mandi system. Leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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