Amid the ongoing stalemate between the Central govt and agitating farmers, the Supreme Court will hear a plea challenging the new farm laws and another seeking immediate removal of protesters from the Delhi borders.
The hearing by a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde assumed significance as the government and the protesting farmers are scheduled to hold their ninth round of talks over farm laws on January 15
During the last hearing, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that “healthy discussions” were going between the farmer unions and the government over the issues related to the farm laws. The government had also asserted that there was a good chance of a conclusion in the near future.
The top court had then adjourned the hearing till January 11 provided a settlement between the two parties was possible through talks.
“We understand the situation and encourage consultation. We can adjourn the matters on Monday (January 11) if you submit the same due to the ongoing consultation process,” the court had said.
Back on December 17, while hearing a plea on farmers’ protest, the apex court had said that the agitation should be allowed to continue “without impediment” as the right to protest is a fundamental right.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws at various border points of Delhi since November 26.
Enacted in September, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their crops anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.