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SC will not decide on farmers’ tractor rally on R-Day but Delhi cops would: Top Court

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India giving its order, on Monday, on centre’s plea against the proposed protesting farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day, January 26, stated that the entry of protesting farmers into the national capital has to be decided by the Delhi Police not by court as it is a matter of “law and order”.

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The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, said that cops are at liberty to invoke all powers under the law and have all the power to deal with law and order situations. “Who should be allowed and the number of people to enter are all matters of law and order to be decided by the police. We are not the first authority,” stated Chief Justice Bobde.

However, Attorney General KK Venugopal counter it saying, ” It is an extraordinary situation and court may pass orders”.

“Does the Supreme Court say as to what are the powers of police and how they will exercise them? We are not going to tell you what to do,” replied the bench.

The apex court bench, also comprising Justices LN Rao and Vineet Saran, addressing Attorney General KK Venugopal said that since it is not the same bench which is hearing the farm laws matter, it was adjourning the hearing to January 20.

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To note, the central government, in an application filed through the Delhi Police, had asserted to the top court that any proposed rally or protest which seeks to disrupt and disturb the Republic Day gathering and celebrations will cause an “embarrassment to the nation”.

The application had urged the court to restrain anyone from staging 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.

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