The Supreme Court on January 11, 2021, slammed the government’s handling of protests by farmers over the recent agriculture-related laws. It called for a committee and said if the government doesn’t stay the three laws, the apex court would. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that it was disappointed with the way the government is handling the issue.

The court was hearing a batch of a petition challenging the three controversial agricultural laws and the farmers’ round-the-clock sit-ins on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Monday said that it was “extremely disappointed” with the way negotiations are going on between the Centre and farmers over the newly-enacted agriculture laws.

 

Hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the three farm laws, the apex court asked the Centre if the contentious legislation can be put on hold for some time.

“We don’t know what negotiations are going on? We don’t know whether you are part of the solution or part of the problem. We are sorry to say that the Centre has not been able to solve the problem and the farmers’ agitation. Can the farm laws be put on hold for the time being?” the SC bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde asked the Centre.

 

Tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping out on roads around the Capital, New Delhi, for over 40 days, braving bitter cold and continuous rain over the last few days.

Solicitor General asks the judges to remove the impression that the Centre has not done enough for the farmers. He says the government gave their best but the farmers were non-cooperative during talks.

 

CJI Bobde lashes out at attorney general when the latter asked him not to pass orders today. “Why not?” asks Bobde. “We have given you a very long rope. Don’t lecture us on patience. We will decide when to pass the order. We might pass in part today and in part tomorrow.”

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