The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Delhi Police will have to take a call on the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day by protesting farmers as it is a matter of law and order. The Centre has moved the apex court through Delhi Police expressing apprehensions against the tractor rally on Republic Day and sought a stay on it.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that the Delhi Police has the authority to deal with the matter.
What did SC say?
The bench said, “Police is the first authority to decide who should be allowed to enter Delhi. The question of who should be allowed to enter the city and how many people can be allowed to enter are matters to be decided by the police.” It further clarified, “We cannot interfere.”
The top court told the Centre, “We are not going to tell you what you should do. We will take up this matter on Jan 20.” “Does the Union of India want the Supreme Court to tell it what powers you have under the police Act? Why do you need the court to tell you that you have power?”
“We have not taken charge of the matter the way you think we have. Apparently, the intervention of the court has been strongly mistaken by you (Centre)” the court said, adding, “It is for the police to decide on the plea for permission for demonstration in Ramlila Maidan.”
Farmers adamant on holding tractor rally
Earlier, the farmer leaders had clarified that the tractor rally scheduled on January 26 will take place on the Haryana-Delhi border. They had clarified that the agitating farmers have no plans to disrupt the Republic Day Parade at Red Fort.
In an open letter to farmers, Balbir Singh Rajewal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union had said that the tractor rally will be held at the Delhi-Haryana border and not at Red Fort as is being claimed by some people. He had also urged the farmers to refrain from joining separatist elements who are trying to derail the tractor march.
Notably, farmers have been urged to assemble in large numbers at the Delhi borders on January 25 for the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day. The appeal has been made by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
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