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New Delhi: The Supreme Court heard on Wednesday the question of the request of the Center to obtain an injunction against the march of the tractor proposed by the farmers’ unions on January 26, on the occasion of the feast of the Republic, and on the requests of reconstitution of the committee of four members formed by him to solve the problem. deadlock on the three disputed agricultural laws.
A bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices LN Rao and Vineet Saran said at the start of the hearing that it will not pass any orders on the Centre’s plea against the proposed tractor rally or any other type of protest by farmers on Republic Day. . The court also asked the government to withdraw its plea.
As the court made it clear that this was a police matter, the Center informed the court that it was withdrawing its request for an injunction against the tractor rally.
“You are the authority and have to take care of it. Not for the court to issue orders,” the bench told the Center.
“We said it’s up to the police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to act,” CJI said.
The CJI, meanwhile, also said that if they obey agricultural laws, “then you (the farmers) can start the unrest, but peace must be kept.”
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for eight farmers’ unions, informed the court that farmers only want to celebrate Republic Day on Delhi’s outer ring road peacefully. There is no attempt to destroy the peace, he added.
“ Do not throw disarray on the committee ”
During the hearing, an attorney for the Kisan Mahapanchayat told the Supreme Court that a request had been made on their behalf to reconstitute the court-appointed Supreme Committee after a member recused himself.
The bench then asked if this was the same organization that had previously rejected the committee’s constitution.
The court also expressed its dissatisfaction with the criticisms leveled at the members of the committee. “Where is the issue of bias in all of this? We have not given decision-making power to the committee. We have appointed experts to the committee because we are not experts,” the court said.
“We gave the committee the power to listen (to the farmers) and to come and see us and table their reports,” CJI said.
The court then issued an opinion on the plea filed by Kisan Mahapanchayat to reconstitute the committee after one member recused himself. The court clarified that the committee would not be reconstituted and that the opinion was only issued regarding the filling of the vacant post created by the recusal of a member.
No plan to disrupt Republic Day celebrations: farmers
Ahead of today’s hearing, Kisan union leader Kalwant Singh Sandhu said today that a group of farmer union leaders will meet with senior Delhi police over the proposed tractor operation.
Another peasant leader assured today that his plan was not to disrupt the Republic Day parade. “We told them that we will have a tractor march to Ring Road, they should accept it. We will have more information after the meeting, but they will not suffer any disruption because of it, ”said Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Union Bharatiya Kisan.
Peasant leaders are now holding the 10th round of talks on the three conflicts of agricultural laws with the central government.
What happened at the last Supreme Court hearing on Monday
At the last hearing on Jan. 18, the Supreme Court told the central government that the proposed Republic Day rally of tractors waving farmers was a matter of “policing” and Delhi police should in decide.
The bench said police officials should first ask who anyone can be allowed into the nation’s capital.
“Does the Supreme Court say what the powers of the police are and how they will exercise them?” We’re not going to tell you what to do, ”the bench said.
The Center had, in its request filed with the Delhi police, argued that any such march or demonstration with the aim of disrupting and disrupting the Republic Day celebrations will cause “embarrassment to the nation”.
The bench had told AG Venugopal that it was seized of the question of agricultural laws and “we have not said anything about the powers of the police”.
“We will hear from everyone that day (next hearing date),” said the bench, releasing the file for a new hearing today.
On January 12, the SC had temporarily suspended the implementation of the three agricultural laws until new ordinances. He also set up a group of four members to make recommendations in order to break the deadlock between the Center and the farmers’ unions which have been demonstrating at the Delhi borders since the end of November.