Farmers' Protest | Farmer unions refuse to appear before SC panel, say 'all committee members are pro-govt' | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court's order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed. The Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action. The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha.
The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders on Tuesday and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmers' unions protesting at Delhi's borders over the legislations. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will pass an order to this effect. The committee will look into the farmers' grievances against the three laws.
Here are the Highlights from the Big Story:
6:00 pm: We had said yesterday itself that we won't appear before any such committee. Our agitation will go on as usual. All the members of this Committee are pro-govt and had been justifying the laws of the Government: Balbir Singh Rajewal, Bhartiya Kisan Union (R)
5:45 pm: We'd issued a press note last night stating that we won't accept any committee formed by Supreme Court for mediation. We were confident that Centre will get a committee formed through Supreme Court to take the burden off their shoulders: Krantikari Kisan Union chief, Darshan Pal
3:45 pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the Central Government saying that it is trying to mislead the protesting farmers by distracting them with unnecessary talks. Gandhi tweeted, "Every attempt of the Government to mislead the Satyagrahi farmers by distracting them with unnecessary talks is useless. The Annadata understands the intentions of the Government; their demand is clear, take back the anti-agriculture laws, that's it!".
3:15 pm: The top court also issued a notice on a separate application filed by the Centre through Delhi police seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march or any other kind of protest which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day on January 26.
3:00 pm: During the hearing, the top court sought the cooperation of the protesting farmers and made it clear that no power can prevent it from setting up a committee to resolve the impasse over the controversial farm laws.
2:45 pm: The four names of members include Bhupinder Singh Mann, President of Bhartiya Kisan Union; Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkeri Sangthana, Maharashtra; Pramod Kumar Joshi, director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.
2:20 pm: Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court's order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed.
1:40 pm: Supreme Court forms a committee to hold talks
1:35 pm: Supreme Court stays the implementation of three farms laws until further orders
1:26 pm: Supreme Court issues notice on the Delhi Police's application filed seeking to stop the proposed tractor rally by protesting farmers on Republic Day.
1:24 pm: Farm laws: If there is infiltration by a banned organisation & somebody is making an allegation here before us, you have to confirm it. File an affidavit by tomorrow: CJI to Attorney General We will file an affidavit in this regard and place the IB records, says Attorney General
1:22 pm: Farm laws: There is an application before us which says that there is a banned organisation which is helping this protest. Can the Attorney General accept or deny it?, says CJI Attorney General KK Venugopal says we have said that Khalistanis have infiltrated into the protests.
1:19 pm: We will say in the order that farmers may apply for permission to the Delhi Police Commissioner for protests at Ramlila Maidan or other locations, says CJI during the hearing on farm laws
1:15 pm: Farm laws: Sr advocates Dushyant Dave, HS Phoolka, Colin Gonsalves, who represents 400 farmers' bodies, haven't joined SC's proceedings today. They were supposed to consult the farmers on the formation of a committee and come back today, says senior advocate Harish Salve before SC
1:10 pm: Farm laws: Sr advocate Harish Salve appearing for one of the petitioners says staying implementation of the laws shouldn't be seen as a political victory. It should be seen as a serious examination of concerns expressed over the legislations, he adds
1:00 pm: Farm laws: The committee is part of the judicial process in this case. We are planning to suspend the laws but not indefinitely, says CJI
12:53 pm: Farm laws: Advocate ML Sharma says, the farmers are saying many persons came for discussions, but the main person, the Prime Minister did not come. "We cannot ask the Prime Minister to go. He is not a party in the case", says CJI
12:45 pm: Farm laws: We are forming a committee so that we have a clearer picture. We don't want to hear arguments that farmers will not go to the committee. We are looking to solve the problem. If you (farmers) want to agitate indefinitely, you can do so, says CJI
12:35 pm: Farm laws: We're concerned about validity of the laws &also about protecting life &property of citizens affected by protests. We are trying to solve the problem in accordance with the powers we have. One of the powers we've is to suspend the legislation&make a committee, says CJI
12:30 pm: Advocate ML Sharma, who filed a plea challenging the farm laws, tells the court that farmers have said they will not appear before any committee to be constituted by the court.
12:25 pm: Supreme Court begins hearing several petitions challenging the three farm laws passed by the Parliament and removal of protesting farmers from Delhi's borders.
11:45 am: We'll hold a core committee meeting after the Supreme Court's order. After this, we'll discuss it with our legal team and decide what needs to be done: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union
11:30 am: After the farmers' unions made it clear that they will not accept anything but the withdrawal of the farm laws, the Congress has stepped its attack on the Modi-led government. Rahul Gandhi in a tweet on Tuesday said, "The government's efforts to confuse farmers is futile, the farmers know the motive and their demands are clear -- withdraw anti-Agri laws."
11:15 am: A joint front of 40 agitating farmers unions on Monday welcomed the suggestion of the Supreme Court for a stay on the farm laws implementation but said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by it.
11:00 am: A section of farmers protesting against the three central farm laws yesterday said that they may 'gherao' Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhavan on January 23.
10:00 am: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi Tuesday to discuss the political scenario in the state.
9:45 am: The Supreme Court will pronounce orders on Tuesday on various issues related to the new farm laws and the farmers' ongoing protest at Delhi borders and may take a call on setting up of a committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India (CJI) to find ways to resolve the impasse.
9:35 am: After a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said that the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, the united farmers' union has hardened its stand and said that all the farmers' organisations, which are spearheading the fight against the farm laws, are unanimous in their decision that the laws must be repealed forthwith and has decided not to attend the committee if formed by the apex court.
9:25 am: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Member of Parliament S Muniswamy on Monday alleged that farmers who are protesting at the borders of Delhi have been paid and brought to the agitation sites.
9:15 am: A day after blocking traffic on one carriageway of Jaipur-Delhi National Highway alleging that protesting farmers were creating unemployment and littering garbage in adjoining fields, local villagers returned home on Monday after Haryana police opened a slip lane on the highway.
9:00 am: A section of farmers protesting against the three central farm laws on Monday threatened to ‘gherao' Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhavan on January 23. Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Dharmendra Malik in a statement said the agitating farmers would also burn copies of farm legislation on that day.
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