Eastern Times, New Delhi: The bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde at the hearing on Thursday said there was no question of depriving the fundamental right to protest.
However, Harish Salve, a senior advocate on behalf of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, said that farmers would not come forward for talks if the laws are not implemented
. The farmers’ protest lasted for 22 days in Delhi.
The court said on Wednesday that even after so many discussions when the issue has not been resolved, it will never be resolved through talks. Therefore, the Apex Court advised to form an independent committee with the representatives of the farmers and government. The committee should hear the demands of both the parties and must suggest a conclusive law.
In this regard, the Chief Justice clarified, “The Center and the peasant leaders must speak. We are thinking of setting up an independent and impartial committee that will take into account the grievances of both the parties. “
The Supreme Court has been hearing a number of public interest litigation cases related to the peasant movement since Wednesday.
On the second day of the hearing on Thursday, the Supreme Court said that protesting against any law is a fundamental right. However, that does not mean that someone else’s individual freedom or fundamental rights will be violated. In the meanwhile, Harish Salve said no rights were being curtailed.
The fundamental right to protest does not mean that someone else’s work will be disrupted. Farmers have been staying on the Delhi-Haryana border for a long time. But there is no point in disturbing the common people by blocking the roads.
P Chidambaram on behalf of the Punjab government argued that, “The Supreme Court supported the proposal to form a committee.
I support the Supreme Court’s suggestion to form the committee and I have doubts whether the road blocks have been done by the farmers. Police cordoned off the streets with barbed wire fences and steel walls. Now, huge containers have been placed on the roads to stop the farmers reach Delhi as they wanted to go there to make their demands”.
The farmers’ movement has been going on in the outskirts of Delhi for 22 consecutive days. Several cases were filed in the Supreme Court in this regard.
Due to the peasant movement, several public interest lawsuits were filed alleging various problems including travel problems in the capital.
On the contrary, a group of Indian farmers’ unions had filed a lawsuit seeking repeal of three new agricultural laws. The cases are being heard in a bench headed by the Chief Justice.