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Supreme Court Allows To Implead 8 Farmers Unions In PILs Seeking Removal Of Farmers Protests; To Hear Tomorrow

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
16 Dec 2020 3:04 PM GMT
Supreme Court Allows To Implead 8 Farmers Unions In PILs Seeking Removal Of Farmers Protests; To Hear Tomorrow
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the impleadment of eight farmers unions in the petitions seeking removal of the farmers protests at the Delhi borders.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India allowed the following unions to be added :Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait)BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal)BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal)BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the impleadment of eight farmers unions in the petitions seeking removal of the farmers protests at the Delhi borders.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India allowed the following unions to be added :

  1. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait)
  2. BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal)
  3. BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal)
  4. BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder Singh Lakhowal)
  5. Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (Kulwant Singh Sandhu)
  6. BKU-Dakaunda (Buta Singh Burjgill)
  7. BKU – Doaba (Manjit Singh Rai)
  8. Kul Hind Kisan Federation (Prem Singh Bhangu)

The bench issued notice returnable by tomorrow. The petitions are listed tomorrow.

During the hearing on Wednesday, the CJI SA Bobde indicated that the Court might form a committee for negotiations with the Unions.

"Your negotiation does not work apparently; we will form a committee to resolve the issue", the CJI told the Solicitor General.

 "Otherwise this will soon become a national issue. It seems government may not be able to work out", the CJI added.

(Detailed report of today's court room exchange in the case may be read here).


The Petitioners had sought immediate removal of protesting farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR on the ground that they increase the risk of COVID-19 spread in Delhi. The petitioners also referred to the recent judgment of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh case to argue that the protests blocking public roads are illegal.

Thousands of protesters, mostly from Punjab, have been camping in the border areas of Delhi-NCR since November 26 raising a demand that the Central Government repeal the recently passed farmers laws.

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After the support for the protests swelled, the Central Government invited the leaders for talks. However, the talks are yet to yield results and the protesters are standing firm on their demand that the laws must be taken back.

The Supreme Court has issued notices on a batch of petitions which challenge the constitutional validity of the said Acts.

Interestingly, the Bar Council of Delhi has also written to the Prime Minister seeking the repeal of the laws saying that provisions barring the jurisdiction of civil courts over disputes under the Acts affect legal profession.







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