SC asks how the blockade of highways by farmers can last forever

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Taking an adverse view on the continued blockade of highways in Delhi-NCR due to farmers’ protests against three agriculture laws, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday said it cannot be a permanent problem.

New Delhi: Taking an adverse view on the continued blockade of highways in Delhi-NCR due to farmers’ protests against three agriculture laws, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday said it cannot be a permanent problem.

A bench headed by Justice Kaul said, “Redressal can be done through judicial forum, agitation or parliamentary debate but how can highways be blocked and it cannot be a permanent problem. Where does it end?”

The division bench was hearing a plea by a Noida resident who had sought a direction to ensure that the road between Noida and Delhi is kept clean so that the road is not affected.

The top court also said that it is the duty of the executive to enforce the law and the court has no means to enforce it.

Justice Kaul told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, “If we encroach, you can say that we have encroached upon your jurisdiction. There are consequences… But there are grievances which need to be redressed.” To be done.”

The Solicitor General told the bench that a high-level three-member committee was constituted where farmers were invited to speak as people should not suffer, but he cited not being a party to the matter before the apex court. Having refused to participate in it.

“Let them (farmers) obstruct the case as a party so that later they do not say that they are not parties,” Mehta said.

To this, the top court asked Mehta to submit a suitable application, explaining what you have done and how it would help any party in resolving the dispute. The Solicitor General said that an application would be filed in this regard. Allowing the Center to file an application to implicate some farmers, the bench posted the matter for hearing on Monday.

Earlier, the Haryana government had told the apex court through an affidavit that sincere efforts were being made to remove the blockade on inter-state roads and national highways and resume free flow of traffic.

It has been said that the general public has to face a lot of difficulty due to the blocking of roads and its persuading farmers and farmer organizations to cooperate.

First published:September 30, 2021, 3:36 pm

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