Apex court docket to listen to three units of pleas on farm protest at present

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 10

After the failure of the eighth round of negotiations between the government and farmers, all eyes are on the Supreme Court which will on Monday take up petitions challenging the farm laws and those seeking removal of farmers who have blocked key entry points to Delhi since November 26.

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde is expected to attempt a solution to end the stalemate.

Petitions before SC

  • Pleas challenging the validity of 3 farm laws
  • Those seeking removal of agitating farmers from entry points to Delhi
  • Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations’ plea in favour of farm laws

The top court will hear three sets of petitions. The first set of PILs is by Congress MP from Trissur in Kerala TN Prathapan, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva, RJD MP Manoj Jha, Bhartiya Kisan Party and advocate ML Sharma. They have challenged the validity of farm laws.

The second set of petitions is by Rishabh Sharma and others highlighting the plight of commuters entering the national capital due to continued blockade by agitating farmers. Citing the top court’s verdict on Shaheen Bagh protests that public places can’t be blocked and occupied indefinitely, he said the protesters must be removed as they violated the court’s verdict.

The third set of plea is by the Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations (CIFA), a Hyderabad-based farmers’ organisation that contended that the reforms were beneficial for growth of agriculture.

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