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    Breaking News–Farm Laws hearing live at SC today, 12.01.2021

    January 12, 2021
    1. As reported by me a little while ago LIVE, the SC has passed an ORDER STAYING the IMPLEMENTATION of three ACTS passed by the Parliament and assented to by the President TILL FURTHER ORDERS.
    2. Forms 4-member committee to hold talks.
    3. The order was pronounced a little while ago by a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
    4. The three laws, Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act have been stayed until further orders.
    5.The Court also ordered the formation of a four-member committee to hear all the parties and stakeholders and report to the Court about the same.
    6.The committee comprises Bhupinder Singh Mann (National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union), Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Ashok Gulati (Agricultural Economist) and Anil Ghanwat (President of Shetkari Sanghatana).
    7.1. Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has informed the Supreme Court that the Farm Laws which have been assailed before the Supreme Court are a result of two decades of deliberation and that “wrong perception created by non-farmer elements” about the laws needs to be cleared.
    7.2.The affidavit filed by the Central government has said that the legislations were not hurriedly framed and that the farmers of the nation are happy with the laws.
    8.1. The legislations are not hurriedly made but is a result of two decades of deliberations;
    8.2. the farmers of the nation are happy as they are given an additional option over and above the existing and, therefore, no vested right is taken away.
    8.3. The Central Government has done its best to engage with the farmers to remove any misapprehensions or misgivings in the minds of the farmers and no efforts have been found lacking.
    9. The affidavit alleges that some of the farmers were agitating against the Laws due to the “apprehensions, misgivings and misconceptions created by some vested interest people”.
    10. The Centre has further submitted that the agitation being limited to only one place out of the whole country “is witness to the fact that majority of farmers are not only happy with the legislations but are finding these legislations to be progressive and in their interest as substantially they are having one more option than the existing option”.
    11.”The agitation by/ in the name of some of the farmers may, therefore, not be treated as reflection on the validity of the law or its efficacy and usefulness for the framers community,” it has been asserted.
    12.The affidavit was filed by the Centre soon after a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde expressed its inclination on Monday morning to stay the operation of the three Farm Acts and entrust a committee appointed by the top court to find an amicable solution to the dispute.
    13. Detailed copy of order will be published later.
    13.1. The Supreme Court will pronounce its interim order tomorrow in a batch of petitions challenging the three controversial Farm Laws against which farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting at Delhi borders since November 2020.
    14. ANALYSIS
    14.1. What next?
    14.2. Will the SC consider the recommendations of the four member Committee constituted by it AS PART OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HEARING OF THE PETITIONS?
    14.3. Especially, if the Committee submits some EVIDENCE along with its recommendations, one way or the other, will the SC ADMIT such evidence and take it on record?
    14.4. If it does so, will it amount to ACCEPTANCE of such evidence by the SC?
    14.5. Will the Interim Order to be released tomorrow address this vital aspect?
    Ramdas Iyer
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