Former CJI refuses to head Supreme Court panel on farmers’ protest; SC stays farm bill implementation
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Amid a deadlock in the government’s negotiations with the protesting farmer unions, the Supreme Court today delivered its judgment on petitions challenging the validity of the three farm laws enacted last September.
“These are matters of life and death. We are concerned with laws. We are concerned with lives and property of people affected by the agitation. We are trying to solve the problem in the best way. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation,” Chief Justice SA Bobde said.
The Supreme Court says the committee will comprise of Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union and Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana. The other two members of the committee will be Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati. All these had already supported these three farms bills, earlier.
Earlier the Apex court said, “we will say in the order that farmers may apply for permission to the Delhi Police Commissioner for protests at Ramlila Maidan or other locations, says CJI during the hearing on farm laws.
As per a news channel (NDTV) information, Former CJI Rajendra Mal Lodha refuses to head Supreme Court panel on farmers’ protest.
On Monday, the apex court had proposed to form the committee but farmers said that they did not want any panel.