Supreme Court suggests formation of panel to resolve deadlock with farmers

The Supreme Court suggested forming a panel with farmer leaders, government officials, and others to resolve the deadlock with farmers after hearing a bunch of pleas on the farmers' protests. the court issued a notice to Centre and State, governments over the pleas that sought removal of the farmers from the Delhi border points.

The Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde observed that negotiations with the farmers without the government's open mind will fail again. CJI Bobde said, “Farmers perceive the laws are against them and your negotiation is bound to fail again unless you do so with an open mind.”

The court also told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that a panel may be formed to resolve the issue "because this will soon become a national issue and with government, it won't work out it seems".

The bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian indicated that the court may form a committee with representatives of the government and the farmer unions from across the country to resolve the deadlock over the farm reform laws.

In the hearing conducted via video conferencing, the Supreme Court directed the petitioners to make protesting farmer unions parties to the pleas. The matter has been posted for further hearing on Thursday.

"Your negotiations with protesting farmers have not worked apparently till now," the bench told the Centre.

Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told Supreme Court that the government will not do anything against the interest of farmers.

Multiple pleas have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to authorities to immediately remove the farmers, saying commuters are facing hardships due to the road blockades and the gatherings might lead to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

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