Farmers protests: India’s top court tells govt to not implement new laws


A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday toughened its stand and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three new farm laws that have led to the protest by hundreds of thousands of farmers.

“We do not believe the Centre is handling the situation correctly,” the Chief justice of India (CJI) told Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Indian government.

We do not believe your negotiations are effective. We are attempting to make the atmosphere conducive by keeping the implementation of the laws in abeyance,” Bobde said.

Venugopal insisted that the top court should not pass any order in a hurry.

The CJI replied: “You should not lecture us on patience.”

Four senior lawyers — Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan, HS Phoolka and Colin Gonsalves — represented eight farmer unions before the top court.

The CJI told these lawyers to ask the protesting old men, women and children to go back home.

After learning that they are not inclined to go back, the CJI told the lawyers of the farmers: “I am taking a risk and making a personal request. Please convey this message.”

The top court indicated that it may give a part of the order on Monday, as it insisted that the Centre must stay the implementation of these farm laws.

For the purpose of constituting a committee to examine the farm laws, the CJI sought the name of former Chief Justices, who could probably be on the committee which would determine what provisions are good for farmers and what is going to hurt the interest of the farmers.

Dave suggested the name of Justice RM Lodha.

The CJI said he had spoken with Justice PS Sathasivam, but he declined as he is not good in Hindi.