The Supreme Court Tuesday suspended the implementation of the three farm laws until further notice, and found out a committee comprising experts to listen to the parties and understand the bottom situation. When told the farmer unions weren’t willing to seem before the committee, the bench said those “genuinely” curious about finding an answer would do so.

The ruling came on a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the three farm laws that were enacted last September. an in depth order is predicted later today.

“This isn’t politics. there’s a difference between politics and judiciary and you’ll need to cooperate,” the bench, headed by judge of India S A Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, was quoted as saying by press agency PTI.

The committee will comprise Bhupinder Singh Mann of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sanghatana, Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi and agricultural economist Ashok Gulati.

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

Further, the highest court issued notice on the Delhi Police petition seeking to prevent the tractor rally planned by farmers on Republic Day.

The Centre and farmer unions have engaged in eight rounds of talks thus far , but did not break the impasse. Farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are 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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