SC stays implementation of ‘farm laws,’ orders formation of committee with agri experts

Prime News, National, Agriculture, Farmers, Finance, New Delhi, January 12:- The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (January 12) stayed the implementation of farm laws.

The CJI-led Supreme Court bench suspended the implementation of all the three farm laws. “We stay the laws till further orders,” said the Supreme Court, ordering a formation of a committee with agri experts, reiterating that various farmer organisations be made a party in the case.

The Apex Court said a committee would be formed to take over negotiations to end the massive farmer protests and reiterated that it has the power to suspend the three controversial laws. We are trying to solve the problem in the best way. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation,” Chief Justice S A Bobde said.

On Monday, the top court pulled up the Centre for its handling of the farmers’ protest and indicated that it may go to the extent of staying the implementation of the contentious farm laws. “We are extremely disappointed with the negotiation process,” the court said on Monday, adding, “We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process.” The apex court, which was hearing a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders, said it is not talking about the repeal of these farm laws at the moment.

“This is a very delicate situation”, the bench said, adding, “There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial. We are not experts on economy; you tell us whether government is going to put on hold farm laws or we will do this, the bench said. We are sorry to say that Centre has not been able to solve the problem and the farmers’ agitation.”

Attorney General K K Venugopal argued that a law cannot be stayed unless the court finds it violates fundamental rights or constitutional schemes. “Our intention is to see whether we can find an amicable solution to all this. That is why we had asked you (Centre) whether you are willing to keep these laws on hold for sometime. But you wanted to buy time,” the bench observed, adding, “We don’t know whether you are part of the solution or part of the problem.”

The apex court, which said the matter is getting worse and people are committing suicides, reiterated the need for having a committee comprising representatives from the government and farmer organisations from over the country and said it will stop the implementation of these laws if the panel advises to do so. It said farmers are protesting against these laws and they can tell their objections to the committee.

The bench warned that it may stay the law if the government does not do it on its own. “Whether you have faith or not, we are the Supreme Court of India, we will do our job,” the bench told the farmer unions which are protesting against these farm laws. The bench said it did not know whether the protesting farmers were observing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic but was concerned about them getting food and water.(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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