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Farmers’ Agitation: SC puts stay on farm laws, forms an experts panel

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Farmers’ Agitation: SC puts stay on farm laws, forms an experts panel

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing massive farmer protests the Supreme Court has put a stay on the implementation of three contentious ‘farms laws’ till further orders and has also formed a committee to hold talks between the central government and farmers’ union.

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The committee formed by SC comprises of 4 members: Jitender Singh Maan (President BKU), Dr Pramod KumarJoshi (International policy head), Ashok Gulati (Agricultural Economist), Anil Dhanvat, Shivkeri Sangathna (Maharashtra).

After rebuking center for its way of handling farmers protest and farm law, on Monday, the top court had reserved its order for today’s hearing.

During the hearing, the bench, headed by CJI SA Bobde, said those who “genuinely want resolution, will go to the committee” on farm laws. The bench also highlighted the difference between judiciary and the politics and asked the farmers to cooperate with it. “This is not politics. There is a difference between politics and judiciary and you will have to cooperate”, SC said to farmer unions.

Though, earlier in the day the apex court had asked the Centre to stay the laws till a committee constituted by it discusses the same and submits a report. This temporary stay on the implementation of controversial farm laws that drove farmers of Haryana and Punjab at the boarders of national capital, seemingly has given both the party some time to come to a conclusion.

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However, the apex court hasn’t rolled out its order yet and its full order is likely to be released today day but the bench during yesterday hearing hinted that in order to prevent violence and breaking of laws the court may put a stay on its implementation.

The apex court in Monday’s session had stated “Let those farmer unions who say it is progressive say that before the committee. But you have to tell us whether you stay the farm acts or we do it. Keep it in abeyance. What is the issue?? We are not in favour of easily staying a law but we want to say don’t implement the law.”

“Staying the implementation of laws and staying the law are different. We can always stay executive action under a law. Who will be responsible if any bloodshed happens?” said CJI SA Bobde while hearing a batch of petitions.

It has also been observed that a Committee needs to be appointed to resolve the deadlock between the Government and the farmer protestors who want the laws to be completely repealed.

Amid ongoing farmers’ protest, the Supreme Court is hearing a clutch of petitions regarding removal of farmer protestors from Delhi Boarder and the validity of recently formed agricultural laws. The validity of these contentious farm laws, which were passed in Monsoon session of Parliament in September last year, has been challenged by ML Sharma, a farmers’ organization and a lawyer.

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Though it has been nearly 47 days since the farmers’ unions launched protest against the agricultural laws of the Modi government, the issue still doesn’t seem to finalized anytime soon. Although, till now, total eight rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions have taken place which appears to be heading nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders are adamant to fight till death stating their ‘ghar waapsi’ will happen only after ‘law waapsi’. However, the ninth level talks are scheduled to be held on January 15, but prior to that, the apex Court is hearing petitions, today, filed regarding the validity of farm laws and farmers’ agitation on the border.

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The bench is headed by chief justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde. In its previous hearing, the apex court had observed that the protest should be allowed to continue “without impediment,” adding that it won’t interfere as “the right to protest is a fundamental right.”

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— Members of the SC ordered Committee:

1. Jitender Singh Maan, President BKU
2. Dr Pramod KumarJoshi, International policy head
3. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Economist
4. Anil Dhanvat, Shivkeri Sangathna, Maharashtra

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–The bench orders suspension of farm laws for now, sets up a four-member committee of agriculturist to address farmers’ grievances.

–The three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde said that it will also set up a committee to hold talks. Orders will be rolled out shortly.

–Supreme Court commence hearing on the matter of farm laws and farmers’ protests.

11-Jan-2021

–Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde said it will pass orders on the ‘farm law’ and farmers’ protest issue in parts.

–The top court has suggested names of former CJIs including RM Lodha to head panel for exploring the possibility of a solution over controversial ‘farm laws’ protests.

–Agriculture Laws And Farmers Protest- the apex court proposes to stay the implementation of ‘Farm Laws’, in order to prevent violence and breaking of laws.

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–“We are not experts on economy; you tell us whether govt is going to put on hold farm laws or we will do this,” SC tells Centre

–The Supreme Court lambasted the Modi-led central government on the peasant movement, said – “We are very disappointed”.

–The Chief Justice expressed displeasure over this. He said that they are not happy with the way the government is handling the matter. “We do not know what you did before passing the law. The last hearing also said about the conversation, what is happening?”

–The Supreme Court commenced hearing on pleas related to farmers’ movement. The government established in the court that the two sides met recently. In which it has been decided that the discussion will continue.

–The apex court says its intention was to see negotiated solution but there was no response from Centre on willingness to put farm laws on hold.

–“There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial to farmers”: SC

–“Whether you have faith or not, we are the Supreme Court of India, we will do our job”: SC to farmers’ unions protesting against freshly formed farm laws.

The filled plea alleges that the central government does not have the rights to enact laws on subjects related to agriculture. Also, as this act is touted as an ‘anti-farmer law’ there has been a demand to repeal it.

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