Supreme Court expresses disappointment over farm law negotiations
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday expressed disappointment over the way Farm bill protest and negotiations have been proceeding from past couple of weeks. The apex court told Centre to come to a solution or they will.
"Tell us whether you will put the laws on hold or else we will do it. What's the prestige issue here," the court said, saying it was disappointed by the government's handling of the crisis.
The sharp remarks from the Supreme Court while hearing petitions challenging the farm bill, for which the farmers have been protesting along the Delhi borders for more than a month now.
"Each one of us we will responsible if anything goes wrong. We don't want any injuries or blood on our hands," Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said in a series of stern comments to the government.
Centre asked for some more time on the issue and claimed that the negotiations are underway.
Justice Bobde said: "We don't see you are dealing with this issue effectively. We are taking a decision today. Who is going to be responsible for bloodshed if any?"
When Attorney General KK Venugopal questioned the "hurry to pass orders", the top judge snapped: "Don't lecture us on patience. We have given a long rope."
Meanwhile, the court asked the Centre to form a committee and think on holding the implementation.
Arguing for the government, the Attorney General said: "You can form a committee but don't stay the laws." He referred to past judgments stating courts can't hold a law without going into its unconstitutionality.