SC suspends implementation of farm laws, sets up committee to hold talks

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The SC Tuesday suspended the implementation of the three new farm laws until further notice. Protesting farmers. File photo.

The SC Tuesday suspended the implementation of the three new farm laws until further notice. The court also set up a committee comprising experts to facilitate talks between the central government and farmer unions in order to resolve the impasse.

When told the farmer unions were not willing to appear before the committee, the bench said those “genuinely” interested in finding a solution would do so.

The ruling came on a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the farm laws that were enacted last September. A detailed order is expected later today.

“This is not politics. There is a difference between politics and judiciary. And you will have to cooperate,” the bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, and comprises Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Sikhs for Justice’?

The SC also sought response from the Centre on whether a banned organisation had infiltrated the farmers’ protests. The direction came after PS Narasimha, who represented a petitioner supporting the farm laws, claimed members of ‘Sikhs for Justice’ were helping the protests. Saying Khalistanis were part of the protests, the Attorney General said he would file an affidavit with Intelligence Bureau records by Wednesday.

Further, the SC issued notice on the Delhi Police petition seeking to stop the proposed tractor rally of farmers on Republic Day.

The Centre and farmer unions have engaged in eight rounds of talks so far, but failed to break the impasse. Their next meeting is scheduled on January 15.

Farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at Delhi’s borders since November seeking repeal of the laws.

The laws in contention are: Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act.

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