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Latest order passed by the Supreme Court on the farmers bill

Author: Akshay Chaudhary

Designation: Law Student, Maharaja Sayajirao university of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat.

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In September 2020, during the monsoon sessions of the parliament, three specific ordinances pertaining to the field of agriculture were passed in both the houses of the parliament. According to the government these three laws will facilitate access to larger market, better technology and better prices for the farmers which will help them double their income by 2022. However, there is widespread dissent against the three laws and several petitions are also filed against the law for revocation/repeal.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Bobde heard a batch of plea challenging the constitutional validity of the three farming law as well as other issues related to the ongoing farmers protest. In December 2020 court said that the validity of the law is not decided and said the Center should negotiate with farmers to resolve the issue and about the protest the farmers court said that the farmers have fundamental rights to protest against the law and there should be no questions to curtail it.

On 12 January, 2021 CHIEF JUSTICE SA BOBDE said that ,for now we are staying with the three farmers law until further orders”, because the court had several rounds of negotiations between the centre and farmers produced no results. Even in ongoing protests senior citizens, women and children are exposed to serious diseases posed by the cold weather in winter and COVID -19. It noted that deaths are not due to violence but either by illness or by the way of suicide , had occurred already. Apex court formed a committee of four members to hear the grievances of the farmers against the farmers law.

The list includes Bhupinder Singh Mann, the national president of the Bhartiya Kisan union and all India Kisan coordination committee; Ashok Ghulati, agricultural economist and former chairman of the commission for agricultural costs and prices; DR Parmod Kumar Joshi, an agricultural economist and director for south Asia, international food policy research institute; Anil Ghanwat, the chief of Shetkari Sanghatana. CJI said that a committee is formed to rectify the issue and make a report on that.

Committee will not give any order and the decisions will be taken on the ground report, so if you genuinely want to resolve the controversy then you have to meet the committee. Attorney –general KK VENUGOPAL also said that “no question will be asked on the huge groups of 1 lakh people entering the city on republic day” that can create problems on that day.

In response, CJI said that it comes under Delhi police duty to check if protestors were armed or not. The bench issued a notice on tractor rally by the farmers on republic day after AG informed the issue. AG also said that Khalistanis have infiltrated the protest. On this CJI told AG to file an affidavit by tomorrow in the presence of a banned organization in protest.








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