Farmers' Protest Live News Updates: While hearing the pleas on the issue of farmers' protest, the top court had on December 17 said that the agitation should be allowed to continue
---- CJI Asks Farmer Union Leaders that if we put stay on the farm laws will the protest come to end?
---- The hearing on the farm laws issue is over for today. The Supreme Court has said it will pass orders today or tomorrow.
---- Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for one of the farmers' unions, suggests that the matter be adjourned for tomorrow; requests the court to consider it.
---- CJI Bobde says, "You (Centre) have not handled this properly, we will have to take some action today." "How can such important laws be passed through voice vote in Parliament, says senior advocate Dushyant Dave appearing for one of the farmers' unions. If the Centre is serious, then it can hold a joint session of Parliament. Why is the govt shying away from it, he adds.
---- Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appearing for one of the farmers' u
nions, says: "We should be allowed to go to the Ramlila Maidan. We are not interested in any violence."
---- "What happened with Haryana CM cannot happen. On January 26, farmers with their tractors are planning to march down to Rajpath to destroy a day of national importance, says AG KK Venugopal before SC during hearing on petitions challenging constitutional validity of farm laws.
---- Attorney General K K Venugopal opposed SC’s suggestion to stay the laws, saying that there are precedents that courts cannot stay legislation. “A law can only be stayed if it’s passed without legislative competence, violates fundamental rights or violates provisions of Constitution.” ---- The bench, which also comprised of Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, further said that it was concerned if the farmers were getting food and water during their protest at Delhi borders. “People are committing suicides. People are suffering in cold. Who is taking care of water and food?? Old people and women are in the ground. Why are old people in the farmer protests? We don’t want to comment on the agitation,” the bench said. “Whether you have faith or not, we are the Supreme Court of India, we will do our job,” it further told the farm unions.
---- The bench led by Chief Justice S A Bobde slammed the Centre by asking if the government was a “part of the solution or the problem.” “We are sorry to say that the Centre has not been able to solve the problem and the farmers’ agitation. We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process. What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws.”