SC to hear plea of Delhi police to stay tractor rally by farmers on Republic-Day
On Monday, the Supreme Court will be hearing the Centre’s application seeking injunction against any kind of farmers protest by the unions, which can disrupt the celebrations of the Republic Day on 26th January.
The Delhi Police informed the court that the farmer unions were planning to conduct a tractor rally in Delhi on 26th of January. The Delhi police filed an application in the court on 12th January and seeked injunction against the farmers’ unions. In its application the police wrote that this rally could cause law and order problems.
The Centre filed this application through Delhi police, which said, any such proposed rally or protest by the farmers disrupts the Republic Day parade, it will be an “embarrassment to the nation”.
“Right to protest is always subject to the countervailing public order and the public interest. The right to protest can never include maligning the nation globally,” the application read.
The centre urged the court to restrain any kind of protest in the form of tractor march, trolley march, vehicle march, or any other mode in the National Capital Region Territory of Delhi.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the application by Delhi Police and scheduled the hearing for 18th of January. A three judge bench will be hearing the plea on Monday. The bench is headed by Chief Justice of India, Sharad Arvind Bobde. CJI issued a notice on the application and sought response of the farmers’ unions appearing before the Court.
On Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Lokshakti submitted his response to the application through advocate AP Singh. In his response he demanded to remove the 3 members of the committee by the court.
Lokshakti claimed that the 3 members in the committee have openly supported the farm laws. They have criticised the protesting farmers as the committee members feel that the farmers are being misled by opposition. He referred to news clippings to support his claim.
In his statement he said, “When all committee members appointed by the Supreme Court are already in favour of these three farm laws and already support the laws made and passed by the Central government without enough discussion with farmers, then how can they make fair report without any bias before the Court.”
On Sunday, the farmers union declared that they will go ahead with their tractor rally which will be held ‘peacefully’ on the capital’s outer ring road.
The Committee has scheduled first sitting by January 22.