On Tuesday, Supreme Court asked the Central Government to suspend the implementation of all three Farm Laws untill further orders. Supreme Court has formed a four-member committee to resolve farm laws impasse between the farmers and Government. Committee will comprise Pramod K Joshi (director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute), Harshimrat Mann and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati and Anil Ghanwant of Shetkari Sanghathan.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde pronounced the verdict today. Advocate ML Sharma, who filed a plea challenging the farm laws said to the court that farmers are unwilling to appear before any committee to be constituted by the court.
CJI said, “This committee will be for us. All of you people who are expected to solve the issue will go before this committee. It will not pass an order or punish you, it will only submit a report to us.”
The Court is concerned about protecting the life and property of citizens affected by the farmer’s protests. “We are trying to solve the problem in accordance with the powers we have,” said the CJI .
CJI said that the committee will be constituted so that the Court can understand the “ground situation”. “We are forming the Committee so that we have a clearer picture. We want to solve the problem. We want to know the ground situation. That is why we are forming the committee,” said further CJI.
The Supreme court said it will pass an interim order that farmer’s land can’t be sold for contract farming, and added that suspending the farm law can’t be for an empty purpose.
Court said that the committee will decide which parts of the law need to be deleted, and which will remain.
The Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General to clarify the claims of Khalistani support to the protests. “If there is an infiltration by a banned organization, and somebody is making an allegation here on record, you have to confirm it. You file an affidavit by tomorrow,” said CJI.
The Supreme Court has ordered the Central Government to file an affidavit by tomorrow on whether a banned organisation, ‘Sikhs for Justice’, has infiltrated the farmers’ protests. The SC order came after P S Narasimha, who represents a petitioner supporting the farm laws, submitted the same. The Attorney General has said he will file an affidavit with Intelligence Bureau records.
Supreme Court issued a notice to farmers unions on Delhi Police plea to stop the tractor rally during Republic Day parade.