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Farmers protest: SC to hear Centre’s plea against proposed tractor rally tomorrow

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Few days ahead of Republic Day, the Supreme Court is schedule to hear, on Monday, Centre’s petition seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally by protesting farmers or any other kind of protest which could disrupt the National day celebration. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde will hear the plea along with other PILs raising the issue of farmers protesting at Delhi borders.

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The Central government, in an application filed through Delhi Police, stated that any proposed rally or protest which seeks to disrupt and disturb the celebrations of Republic Day will cause an embarrassment to the nation. Taking it in notice, the apex court, on January 12, had agreed to hear the application of Centre and scheduled it for hearing on January 18.

The bench had issued a notice on the application, stating that it be served upon the farmers unions, which are protesting against the new farm laws. To which, the Centre stated the right to protest can never include maligning the nation globally.

Modi-led central government, that passed the contentious three farm law bill in the parliament last year, urged the apex court to restrain anyone from conducting any protest march either in the form of tractor march, trolley march, vehicle march or any other mode by entering into the National Capital Region Territory of Delhi. Meanwhile, farmer leaders have reportedly clarified that the tractor rally on January 26 will only take place at the Haryana-Delhi borders and that they are not planning to reach the Red Fort to disrupt the Republic Day parade as is being claimed by some.

To note, the Supreme Court on January 12 had put a stay on the implementation of the three new agricultural laws till further orders and had constituted a four-member committee to make recommendations to resolve the issue between the Centre and farmers’ unions staging protest at Delhi borders. However, days after top court’s order, Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President of Bhartiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan Coordination Committee, who was one of the members of the apex-court formed Committee, recused himself from the expert panel, citing that he is ready to sacrifice any position so as not to compromise Punjab & farmers’ interests,”

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