Eastern Times, New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the central government whether it would pause the three controversial laws at the core of massive farmer protests near Delhi, and suggested a committee for negotiations. “Tell us whether you will put the laws on hold or else we will do it. What’s the prestige issue here,” the court said, saying it was disappointed by the government’s handling of the crisis.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian also expressed disappointment at the manner in which the Centre has handled the issue observing that the central government has failed to solve the problem.
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The Court said, “We propose to form a committee and if the government does not (stay the law), then we will stay the implementation of the Farm Acts. We are extremely disappointed with the way Centre is dealing with this.
We are doing this because you have failed to solve the problem..Union of India has to take the responsibility. The laws has resulted in a strike and now you have to solve the strike.”
The court’s sharp remarks came during a hearing on petitions challenging the farm laws and the farmer agitation at the Delhi borders.
“Who is going to be responsible for blood shed? We need to uphold Article 21 as a Constitutional court. What if some conflagration takes place,” the Bench demanded.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta vehemently argued that the Centre has done its best to resolve the deadlock and said that observations by the Court in that regard were “harsh”.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, objected to the stay stating that,”A law cannot be stayed unless its beyond legislative competence or violative of Fundamental rights of against any constitutional provision. Farm Laws are for their benefit.”
As the centre asked for more time, referring to ongoing negotiations, Justice Bobde said: “We don’t see you are dealing with this issue effectively.
We are taking a decision today. Who is going to be responsible for bloodshed if any?”
When Attorney General KK Venugopal questioned the “hurry to pass orders”, the top judge snapped: “Don’t lecture us on patience. We have given a long rope…..We are the Supreme Court of India and we will do our job.”
The top court suggested that after the implementation of the laws was stayed, the protest could continue.
“But decide whether you want to carry on the protest on the same site or move to other,” it said.