New Delhi, Jan 12: Amid a deadlock in the government's negotiations with the protesting farmer unions in the outskirt of the National Capital, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three controversial Farm Laws.
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, which were enacted by the Centre in September 2020, have been stayed until further orders.
The order was pronounced by a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian while hearing a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the three farm laws as well as other issues related to the ongoing farmers' protest.
The Apex court also formed a four member committee of agriculturist to hear farmers’ grievances against the Farm Laws.
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).
The top court also issued notice on the Delhi Police's plea seeking to stop the proposed tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26.