Guwahati: In a huge blow to government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday pressed pause on the three farm laws enacted in September.
The top court also said that a committee of agricultural experts would be formed to take over negotiations with farmers to end crisis.
The order was pronounced by a three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and justice V Ramasubramanian.
The Framers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price assurance & Farm services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (promotion and facilitation) Act and Amendment to essential Commodities Act have been challenged as illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional, and are on hold until further orders.
In eight rounds of talks with farmers’ union over the past month, the government had firmly ruled out withdrawing the laws but had insisted that amendments were on the table. The SC also stated it was trying to solve the problem in the best way, and had the power to suspend the laws.
During the hearing, the Court expressed its inclination to put on hold the farm laws. The court observed that steps taken by the Central government to break the deadlock have not yielded desired results.
Various farmers unions and organisations and individuals have assailed the three Farm Laws before the Supreme Court.
The Court has also issued a notice to farmers’ union on a Delhi Police plea to stop a tractor rally during the January 26 Republic Day parade.
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