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SC ‘intends’ to stay farm laws

Staying put:Farmers sitting outside their tents on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway near the Ghazipur border on Monday.R.V. Moorthy  

The Supreme Court on Monday said it intended to stay the implementation of the controversial agricultural laws while proposing to form an independent committee chaired by a former Chief Justice of India to “amicably resolve” the stand-off between the farmers and the Union government.

A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde, underlined its “disappointment” at the Centre’s handling of the protest, including the string of failed talks, States “up in rebellion”, suicides among protesters and the sight of aged farmers, women and children suffering in the biting cold amid the pandemic.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations against you... But we are extremely disappointed in the way you are handling this situation. You [Centre] made a law without enough consultation, resulting in a strike. Many States are up in rebellion against you... The whole thing has been going on for months... You say you are negotiating, talking... What negotiating? What talking? What is going on?” Chief Justice Bobde told Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal and Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta. The court will pass orders on Tuesday.