The Supreme Court on Monday, amid the hearing of a petition challenging the validity of three agricultural laws, said when the Lakhimpur Kheri incidents happen, no one takes responsibility.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked a farmer’s body that when it has already banned three agricultural laws, why are there protests on the streets? The top court said that when the farmers have challenged the agricultural laws in the court, then why are there protests? “When incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri happen, no one takes responsibility,” the bench said.Also Read – Delhi blockade issue: SC seeks answers from more than 40 farmers’ organizations, and many leaders including Rakesh Tikait
Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and C.T. Ravikumar said that when one party has already moved the court to challenge the validity of the laws, then where is the question of protesting. “Either you come to the court or you go on the road to protest,” told advocate Ajay Choudhary, representing a body of farmers. Also Read – UP: Attack on 20-year-old youth sleeping at night, cut off his private part
The lawyer said that the hearing on the petitions challenging the validity of the three laws is not progressing. In response, Attorney General K. Of. Venugopal said that when the matter is sub-judice, there should be no opposition to it. “Large number of petitions (challenging agriculture laws) have been filed… an unfortunate incident happened in Lakhimpur Kheri,” he said. To this, the bench replied, “When such incidents happen, no one takes responsibility.” Also Read – Housing sales data: Seven major cities of the country registered a growth of 47 percent year-on-year in the sales of houses
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that once the matter is before the Supreme Constitutional Court, then no one can be on the streets on that issue. “No other unfortunate incident should happen,” the AG said. The bench said that when there is damage to public property and there is loss of life and property, no one takes responsibility.
The bench said, “The court has kept it adjourned. The law was passed by the Parliament, not the government.” The bench said that except the court, no one can decide the validity of agricultural laws. “When this is so and when farmers are challenging the laws in court, then why are there protests on the road,” the top court said.
The bench said that it will examine the main issue whether the right to protest is an absolute right. It states that when the petitioner already has a writ petition, can he be allowed to oppose the matter even when the matter is sub-judice.
As soon as the lawyer said that a petition has already been filed before the Rajasthan High Court against the laws, the bench asked, “It is still complicated, there is no Act at the moment. The court has stayed the Act. Then why is the protest happening?” Chaudhary said that in such cases debate, dialogue and protest can go together.
The bench said it would transfer the matter pending before the Rajasthan High Court and decide on the legality of the protest and fixed the matter for further hearing on October 21.
The top court was hearing a petition filed by the Kisan Mahapanchayat, seeking a direction to the authorities to allow ‘Satyagraha’ to be held at the capital’s Jantar Mantar against three agricultural laws.
The Kisan Mahapanchayat, the farmers’ and farmers’ body, and its president have also sought directions to the authorities to provide space for at least 200 farmers or protesters to organize a peaceful and non-violent ‘satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar.