‘Have Strangulated Entire City’: SC On Farmer Group’s Plea

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  • The Mahapanchayat had sought permission to hold a satyagraha at the Jantar Mantar.
  • SC said that there is no point in protest once you come to the court challenging the laws.
  • The court asked those agitating to have faith in the system.

The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the farmers’ organization, Kisan Mahapanchayat, for seeking permission to stage a Satyagraha at Jantar Mantar against the farm laws. The top court said after blocking highways and strangulating the city, the demonstrators now want to come inside to protest. The bench queried the counsel representing the organization if they were also protesting against the judicial system.

The bench also comprising Justice CT Ravikumar was hearing a plea by the Kisan Mahapanchayat seeking permission to stage the satyagraha as a mark of protest against the three farm laws. The plea sought directions to allow the staging of the satyagraha as it was permitted to the Samyukt Kisan Morcha farmers. The Kisan Mahapanchayat’s counsel submitted before the bench that his client had been asking permission from the Delhi Police.

The bench also told the counsel that the demonstrators have the right to protest, but cannot destroy property, adding that this should stop. The counsel for the farmer’s organisation said that the highways have been blocked by the police and “we have been detained”. The Court further added that his client was not part of the protest blocking the highways. The bench emphasised that there was no purpose for protest once the organisation approaches the court.

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