The Supreme Court will hear on Monday petitions related to agricultural laws and about demonstrations of farmers on the borders of Delhi. The top court may also look into the quitting of one member of the committee to end the deadlock.
The court will also hear the Central Government’s petition on behalf of the Delhi Police, which has requested to ban tractor march or any other kind of demonstration on Republic Day on 26 January. A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, in an interim order, stayed the agricultural laws till further orders. At the same time, a four-member committee was formed to listen to the complaints and make recommendations for resolution of the deadlock. The committee included Bhupendra Singh Mann of the Indian Farmers Union, Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, director of the International Food Policy Research Institute of South Asia, agricultural economist Ashok Gulati and president of the Shetkari organization Anil Ghanwat.
The court had said that it would hear the petitions after the committee’s suggestion, but the court’s efforts seemed to come as a shock when Mann dissociated himself from the committee on 14 January. This bench also includes Justice N Nageswara Rao and Justice Vineet Saran. The bench may also consider matters such as quitting Mann from the committee and appointing someone else in his place. The farmers organization ‘Bharatiya Kisan Union Lokshakti’ on Saturday urged the court to ask the committee to send the remaining three members Be removed and such people should be kept in it, who can work on the basis of mutual harmony