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SUPREME COURT: Suggest formation of new committee to resolve farmers and government deadlock

NEW DELHI, DEC 17: The Supreme Court on Wednesday proposed formation of a new committee to resolve the ongoing Farmers issue. A three-judge bench comprising of Justices A.S Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde was hearing petition to remove the protesting farmers causing hindrances to commuters and the increasing risk through  COVID-19 spread. The writ petition was filed by Rishabh Sharma (a law student) through advocate Om Prakash Parihar, who suggested that the protest gathering of farmers is causing hurdle to medical services.

According to Live Law , Advocate Dushyant Tiwari referred to the verdict in Shaheen Bagh Case which stated that the public places cannot be occupied indefinitely. The Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, contented that the government seeks farmers interest and farmers organization must be directed to discuss the issue with the government with an open mind. To this the Court viewed that since the negotiations by the government has resulted in a deadlock, it proposed that a committee may be formed that would comprise of the representative from Farmers Union across India and Government’s representatives to resolve the deadlock.

In response to this, the protesting farmers advocated that the formation of a new committee is no solution to the ongoing problem. Moreover, they argued that the government should have formed a committee of farmer representatives and others before bringing up such controversial laws.

Leader of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, Abhimanyu Kohar, told PTI “Setting up a new committee by the court is not a solution. We just want a complete repeal of the three agricultural laws. Earlier there have been several rounds of talks between a group of central ministers and farmer union, which was like a committee itself.”

The court has scheduled the next hearing on Thursday.