The Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified that it will not entertain a batch of petitions demanding a probe into the violence that erupted in the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. The court meanwhile gave the liberty to the petitioners to approach the Union government with a representation.
The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said, “We are sure that the government is inquiring into it. We read a statement by the Prime Minister that the law is taking its own course. We do not want to interfere in this case. You make a representation before the government.”
SC dismisses PIL
The bench, also comprising of Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian, dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an advocate Manohar Lal Sharma.
In the PIL, Sharma had sought a direction from the court to the media not to declare farmers as terrorists without any evidence. The advocate had claimed in his plea that there was a planned conspiracy to sabotage the protest by the farmers.
Centre’s request to stay tractor rally
The Union government through the Delhi Police had earlier sought the intervention of the top court and sought a stay on the tractor rally on Republic Day. The apex court, however, had refused to intervene in the matter saying that it was a law and order issue and the Delhi Police has the requisite powers and jurisdiction to decide whether to allow the farmers’ tractor rally or not.
Farmers groups facing flak
Farmer groups are facing flak for the violence that erupted during their tractor rally on January 26. Over 40 FIRs have been registered by the Delhi Police against the alleged perpetrators of violence that left close to 400 cops injured. Also, a farmer died after a tractor overturned on him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had criticised the violence saying that the country is hurt due to the insult of the tricolour. He referred to the Red Fort incident where the protestors unfurled a religious flag.
Many groups, allegedly claiming that they are local residents, have also entered into a tussle with farmers and have asked them to vacate the place as it is causing inconvenience. Many farmers groups have also left the agitation after the January 26 violence. Around 122 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
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