“We are going to suspend the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders. We will also constitute a Committee,” the Supreme Court said today while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Farm Laws/ seeking removal of protesting farmers from Delhi borders.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had said that the committee will address the farmers’ grievances.
A complete order shall be released by the Court, by the end of the day.
The members of the committee will be Jitender Singh Maan, President BKU; Dr Pramod KumarJoshi, International policy head; agricultural economist Ashok Gulati and Anil Dhanvat, Shivkeri Sangathna.
The top court asserted that it has the power to suspend the contentious legislation to solve the problem and no power can prevent it from making a committee to resolve the impasse on new farm laws.
The development comes in the backdrop of the protesting farmers unions expressing their unwillingness to participate in the negotiation talks before a committee proposed by the top court.
On Monday evening, the Samyuktha Kisan Morcha issued a statement and said it would not participate in negotiations before the committee if appointed by the SC.
The farmers unions, in their joint statement, said that the talks before the committee will be fruitless in view of the attitude taken by the Centre before the Court on Monday that it will not repeal the three farm laws.
“Looking to the attitude and approach of the Government which made it clear before the court today repeatedly that they will not agree to the discussion for repeal before the committee”, they said.
Persons genuinely interested in solving the problem shall go before the Committee
The Bench also comprising of Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, said that it will not hear an argument that farmers are unwilling to go to the Committee.
“We are looking to solve the problem. If you want to agitate indefinitely, you can. Every person who is genuinely interested in solving the problem is expected to go before the Committee. The Committee will not punish you or pass any orders. It will submit a report to us. We are going to take the opinion of the organizations. We are forming the Committee so that we have a clearer picture,” the CJI said.