NEW DELHI: The protesting farmers have been dragged before the Supreme Court, who have said that the contentious farm laws have been stayed, so what are they still protesting about?
The continued protest was questioned by a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar, who noted that a case challenging the legitimacy of the three farm legislation had already been filed in the court.
Attorney General KK Venugopal also mentioned the incident in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday, in which eight persons were murdered. In response, the Supreme Court stated that when such occurrences occur, no one bears responsibility.
Justice Khanwilkar said, “When someone’s life is lost or property is damaged, no one comes forward to take responsibility for it. Why the agitation when the law is not being implemented?”
The Supreme Court asked the farmer organisations, “Against whom are you protesting? How can the executive allow these protests? What is the validity of these protests?”
“There is nothing to be implemented. What are the farmers protesting about? No one other than the court can decide the validity of the farm laws. When that is so and when farmers are in court challenging the laws, why the protest on streets,” asked the bench headed by Justice Khanwilkar.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a farmers’ group contesting the three farm rules and requesting that authorities allow it to organise a’satyagrah’ at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.