- Supreme Court of India refused to pass the order to restrain the farmers protesting
- SC told the Delhi Police department to deal with the situation themselves as it is a matter of law and order and should be determined by them
- Farmers want to launch a tractor rally on Republic Day in the National Capital
On Monday, the Supreme Court of India refused to pass the order to restrain the protesting farmers and asked the Delhi Police department to deal with the situation.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of India said that the entry of the protesting farmers in Delhi on the Republic Day (26th January) needs to be decided by the Delhi Police, as the apex court heard a plea which sought an injunction against the proposed tractor rally by the farmers on the Republic Day.
The top court said that it is a matter of law and order hence it must be determined by the police.
The Supreme Court noted, “We said this last time that entry to Delhi has to be seen under Delhi police. Who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order and should be dealt with by the police. We are not the first authority”.
The court added, “You have all authority to deal with this matter. We are not going to tell you what you should do. We will take up this matter on 20 January (Wednesday)”.
In an application filed via the Delhi Police, the Government told the top court that any proposed protest or rally which could disrupt and disturb the Republic Day celebrations will result to a global “embarrassment to the nation”.
The government said that people’s right to protest can never include “maligning the nation globally”.
The farmers, in the National Capital, have been protesting against the three new Farm Laws for almost 2 months now and are firm on holding the proposed tractor rally at the Delhi-Haryana borders and also continue with their sit-in demonstration until all the three laws are retracted.
Rakesh Tikait, leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said, “We are prepared to sit in protest till May 2024… Our demand is that the three laws are taken back and the government provide a legal guarantee on the MSP (Minimum Support Price),” while speaking to reporters.
During the 9th round of talks between the Central Government and protesting farmers over the contentious farm laws, BKU leader Tikait said that the farmers will withdraw the tractor march on Republic Day only if the Supreme Court asks them to.
However, now the farmers are firm on their stand to hold the tractor rally on the 26tth of January 2021.
As of now, the Centre has held 9 rounds of formal talks with more than 40 farmer unions, however, has failed to break the deadlock as the latter have stuck to their main demand of a complete retraction of the three Farm Laws.