‘You have strangled the entire city’: Supreme Court pulls up Kisan Mahapanchayat

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The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up a farmers’ group for approaching the court by blocking national highways in Delhi-NCR and continuing the protests at the same time, saying the protesting farmers have “throttled” the entire city and Now want to come inside the city.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up a farmers’ group for approaching the court by blocking national highways in Delhi-NCR and continuing the protests at the same time, saying the protesting farmers have “throttled” the entire city and Now want to come inside the city.


A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said there is no object of protest if you come to the courts. The top court said the protesting farmers were obstructing traffic, blocking trains and national highways and said it should be “Mann ki Baat bandh”.


The bench also asked the Kisan Mahapanchayat to file an affidavit seeking permission to hold the satyagraha at Jantar Mantar saying they were not part of the protest by farmers who blocked the national highways till Monday.


“You want satyagraha, no problem. But why have you approached the court? And if you have approached the court, trust the court. The challenge to three agricultural laws is already pending in the court, so what about satyagraha? need? Justice Khanwilkar asked advocate Ajay Chaudhary, appearing for the organization.


“On one hand you have strangled the whole city and now you want to come inside the city and protest?” The bench further said.


“You have the right to protest, but you cannot destroy the property. Are the residents around, happy with the protest? Can you get permission from the residents? This business should stop. Every citizen has the right to free movement. You are obstructing security and defense personnel. It was in the media. All this should stop. Once you come to the court to challenge the laws, there is no point in protesting,” said the Kisan Mahapanchayat’s lawyer asked further.


The Kisan Mahapanchayat told the bench that it was not part of the group of protesters who blocked roads in Delhi-NCR and the roads were blocked by the police and not by the farmers.


The top court then asked the organization to file an affidavit stating that it was not part of the farmers’ protest blocking the national highways. The bench has fixed the matter for hearing on October 4.


It also asked the counsel to give advance copy of the petition to Attorney General of India KK Venugopal.
The Kisan Mahapanchayat, a farmers’ group, has moved the apex court seeking a direction to the authorities to allow peaceful and non-violent ‘satyagraha’ to be held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.


It sought directions to the Central Government, the Lieutenant Governor and the Commissioner of Delhi Police to provide space to at least 200 farmers or mahapanchayat protesters at Jantar Mantar to organize ‘Satyagraha’ and prevent them from proceeding towards Jantar Mantar. .


The Kisan Mahapanchayat said that the denial of permission for peaceful, unarmed and non-violent satyagraha at the designated venue at Jantar Mantar is a violation of basic democratic rights enunciated as fundamental rights under the Constitution of India.


It said the action of the authorities is “discriminatory and arbitrary” as permission to protest has been given to another farmers’ body, the United Kisan Morcha, while they have been refused to organize a staggered satyagraha.
The Kisan Mahapanchayat is a body of the farming community and farmers opposing three agricultural laws. (ANI)

First published:October 1, 2021, 1:20 pm

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