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SC says it is in favour of staying three farm laws

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The Supreme Court on Monday hinted that the apex court was in favour of staying the three Farm Laws till the deadlock between the Central government and protesting farmers over the contentious laws, is resolved, Bar and Bench reported.

“We propose to form a committee and if the government does not (stay the law), then we will stay the implementation of the Farm Acts. We are extremely disappointed with the way Centre is dealing with this. We are doing this because you have failed to solve the problem..Union of India has to take the responsibility. The laws has resulted in a strike and now you have to solve the strike,” the Court said.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian expressed disappointment at the manner in which the Union government has handled the issue observing that the Centre has failed to solve the problem.

However, the Court did not pass any order on Monday but remarked that it is likely to pass its order later today or tomorrow.

“Our intention is to see if we can bring about an amicable resolution to the problem. That is why we asked you why don’t you put the Farm Bills on hold. You want time for negotiation. If there is some sense of responsibility showing that you will not implement the laws, then we can form a committee with ICAR members to look into this. Till then, you can continue to put the law on hold. Why will you insist on continuing the law anyhow,” CJI Bobde asked.

Attorney General KK Venuogapal, representing the Narendra Modi government, objected to the stay stating that the laws are within the legislative competence of the Parliament and are intended to benefit the farmers.

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