The Supreme Court has said that the farmers protests in and around Delhi could turn into a national issue and formation of a committee including members of farmer’s organisations may be formed to resolve the deadlock.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian also observed that the talk between Central government and farmers representatives was not yielding the desired results in farmers protests.
To this CJI Bobde remarked, “Mr. Mehta (Solicitor General Tushar Mehta) we will tell you what we are planning to do. We will form a committee to resolve the dispute. It will have members of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Government of India and other farmer organizations. We will ask farmer organizations to be also a part of the committee, as it will soon become a national issue.”
The present writ petition has been filed highlighting issue of farmers protests by Rishabh Sharma, a law student, through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar, stating that the protesters are “posing a hurdle for accessing emergency medical services”.
The Supreme Court has issued notices on a batch of petitions in lieu of farmers protests which challenge the constitutional validity of the said Acts.
The Solicitor General assured the Court that the government will not do anything against the interest of farmers and urged that a direction will be made to the farmers organizations to sit with the government clause by clause, so that there can be a discussion or debate with an open mind.
The Court has also granted permission to implead all concerned farmer organizations and has issued notice on the PILs which are returnable tomorrow.
The Bench remarked that the petitions though ill-conceived raise the issue of freedom of movement and pointing out that it is the Central government which has blocked the roads to prevent farmers from entering the city.
The top court then issued notice to Central, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab governments in the petition and gave liberty to the petitioners to implead the orgnaisations and unions representing the protesting farmers.
The case will be heard again tomorrow.