Farmers’ protest: SC says peaceful protest is Constitutional right

New Delhi: The Apex Court has  stated that it was the “constitutional right” of the farmers to protest if they are unhappy with the new farm laws, provided the protest remains peaceful.

“We acknowledge the right of farmers to protest but it has to be non-violent,” a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India observed while hearing a bunch of petitions for removing thousands of farmers from the Delhi’s border where they are agitating against the farm bills.

The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said it will form a committee which will include agriculture researchers like P Sainath and others from several other fields to resolve the deadlock between the farmers and Centre over the laws.

However, the court made it clear that today it had not assembled to decide the “validity of laws” but “right to protest”.

The court suggested the Attorney General K K Venugopal to put laws on hold and bring the farmers back on table to discuss the matter.

Tens of thousands of farmers have assembled at Delhi’s borders to protest against the recent farm laws which allows private companies to purchase directly from farmers.

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