NEW DELHI: Amid the relentless agitation by the farmers at the Delhi borders, the Supreme Court of India(CJI) suspends farm law implementation til further notice. Supreme Court decision came after a petitions challenging the validity of the these farm laws.
Detailed SC order is expected to come by tomorrow.
Earlier the Apex Court lashed out at the Centre for failing to end the deadlock and proposed the formation of an expert committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India to help find a resolution to the matter.
"You tell us if you can put the laws on hold, otherwise we will do it," Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde told attorney general K.K. Venugopal, the government's counsel.
"We have given you long rope, Mr Attorney General, please don't lecture us on patience. We don't know whether you are part of the solution or part of the problem. We don't think you are being effective," the court told KK Venugopal.
In a detailed hearing, which lasted close to two hours, on Monday, Chief Justice Bobde repeatedly questioned the Centre's counsel - Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta - why are they insisting on the implementation of the law.
"We are not experts on the economy... you tell us whether you are going to hold these laws or should we do it," the bench told the Centre.
The Chief Justice replied the Union of India has failed to take responsibility and the laws have resulted in a strike. As the AG reiterated laws cannot stay, the bench replied the Centre has failed to stop the agitation and the problem continues to remain unresolved.
The top Court observed the talks between farmers and the Centre have failed to make any headway, as the former wants laws to be repealed and the latter wants point by point discussion. Citing its stay on the Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education in job and education, the bench, however, said it is against the stay on any laws.
Reiterating its earlier proposal to constitute a Court-appointed committee, which could be headed by a former Chief Justice of India to resolve the impasse, the top court asked the parties to suggest two-three names of former Chief Justices including former Chief Justice R.M. Lodha who can head this panel.