Sunday, October 17, 2021

Can’t ask PM to meet farmers: SC to farmers

  • Trying to resolve the issue, if u want u can agitate
  • Suspension of legislation must not be for an empty purpose
  • Committee appointed by SC will be part of Judicial process

New Delhi: Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said that  Prime Minister Narendra Modi can’t be asked to meet farmers as he is not the party in the case. CJI Bobde came up with a statement dismissing the argument made by advocate ML Sharma that farmer’s don’t want to interact with the committee appointed by court and the prime minister until now did not approach the agitating farmers.

Also Read: Farm Harm Law –II: Centre Removes the State’ power to regulate supply of Essential Commodities

Farmers scared

In response to  Sharma’s argument that farmers are scared about their land being snatched if they  appear before the committee, CJI Bobde said the court will pass interim order if necessary saying no farmer’s land can be sold for contract farming if they are found guilty on any of lapses in payments by becoming defaulter.

Protecting the life and property of citizens are also concerned along with validity of laws, Bobde  said. Suspension of the legislation must not be for an empty purpose though court has the power to suspend the agricultural laws. The committee appointed by court will submit a report to bench and persons who are interested to solve the issue should cooperate with the committee, Bobde added. To get a clear picture from ground situation, this committee will help and will take opinions from different organisations, if necessary.

Also Read: Hold farm laws or we will, SC to Centre

No Power can stop from setting a committee

CJI Bobde said that apex court will appoint a committee which will be a part of judicial proceedings. No power can stop the court from setting up of a committee and after committee gives its finding for provisions to be deleted, it will deal with farm laws, Bobde said. Laws can’t be suspended indefinitely, Bobde further said.

Court slams farmers’ counsel

Four counsels Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan, Colin Gonsalves and HS Phoolka were absent during hearing today. Court observed that it is not fair on the counsels for the absence and questioned will they appear when the case suits them? Dave said that he will attend hearing and come with instructions from farmers. He did not even log into virtual meeting, Dave only sough posting for today, why was he absent today? Court questioned

Also Read: The LIEs as LAW-2: Analysis of the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020)

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