Published: Wed, January 13, 2021

‘Khalistanis’ infiltrated farmers’ protest at Delhi border: Centre tells Supreme Court

‘Khalistanis’ infiltrated farmers’ protest at Delhi border: Centre tells Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three agriculture Acts till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to resolve the impasse over the laws between the Centre and protesting farmers.

Farmers also shouted slogans against the BJP-led Centre.

The SC also stayed the implementation of the farm laws until further orders.

Tens of thousands of farmers will continue their protests against India's new farm laws until they are repealed, rejecting the top court's decision to keep them in abeyance and adding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's woes.

The government insists the laws will benefit farmers and says they will enable farmers to market their produce and boost production through private investment.

A three-judge bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that as a effect of the stay till further orders, the MSP system in existence before the enactment of the farm laws shall be maintained.

The committee shall hold deliberations in Delhi at a place provided to it by the government along with secretarial assistance, the expenses of which shall be borne by the central government, said the court.

"We welcome the court's order to stay the implementation of the farm laws, but we want a complete repeal of these laws, which is our main demand", Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior leader of the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, said.

The farmer unions, however, were not pleased and reiterated that they will not participate in the court-ordered committee process, charging that "all the members of this committee are pro-govt and had been justifying the laws of the government".


"Though we appreciate the aforesaid submission of the Attorney General, this court can not be said to be completely powerless to grant stay of any executive action under a statutory enactment".

Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar welcomed the apex court's decision to put on hold the implementation of the new laws.

"This was a precautionary measure we took in view of yesterday's hearings where there was talk of a committee".

After repealing the "black laws" that, they say, only serve corporate interests and will be a "death warrant" for farmers, the government should hold a dialogue with farmers and bring in new laws to reform agriculture.

"It is clear that the court is being misguided by various forces even in its constitution of a committee".

On Monday, when attorney general Venugopal told the court that there are reports that the farmers bodies may take out a tractor rally on January 26, 2021, disrupting the Republic Day parade and celebrations, senior counsel Dushyant Dave appearing for the agitating farmers' bodies had rebutted it saying that at least one member of the family of each of the farmers from Punjab is in the Army and that they would not disrupt the Republic Day celebrations. "These are people who are known for their support to the three Acts and have actively advocated for the same", said a statement issued by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).

"The government should find an amicable solution and end the protest as it is not good for any country to let their farmers struggle in the open for their genuine demands", the prelate told UCA News on January 12.

He told reporters that the members of the committee have already expressed their views in the past favouring the new laws and so the question arises in our minds how justice will be done to farmers by their hands.

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