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SC Stays Farm Laws Temporarily; Unions Reject Committee

Devanshi Doshi

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, stayed the implementation of the three controversial Farm Laws against which farmers, particularly from north Indian States of Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders since November 2020.

The Court also ordered the formation of a four-member committee to hear all the parties and stakeholders and submit a report to the Court about the same. The committee will comprise Bhupinder Singh Mann (National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union), Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Ashok Gulati (Agricultural Economist) and Anil Ghanwat (President of Shetkari Sanghatana).

The order was pronounced by a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. While the exact scope of powers of the committee are not known yet, CJI Bobde during the hearing said that all those who are interested in solving the issue can go before the committee to present their arguments. "Every person who is genuinely interested in solving the problem is expected to go before the Committee. The Committee will not punish you or pass any orders. It will submit a report to us," he said.

However, the farmers have refused to accept the committee. Farmer union leaders have said that they won’t accept any Committee for the resolution, and all they want is repeal of all three laws. They said they won’t get into discussion with members of the Committee as their fight is about complete rollback of the laws, not some changes. 

The nation is questioning the selection of the members in the committee because every member selected by the court has either spoken publicly or written in support of the laws previously.  According to farmers’ rights activist Ramandeep Singh Mann, “Supreme Court has formed a committee on the farm laws, which has Ashok Gulati in it. He is a known supporter. Then there is Bhupinder Singh Mann, this is all wrong. We don’t accept them. We will return (from the protests) only when the laws are repealed”.

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