The Supreme Court said a committee of agricultural experts would be formed to take over negotiations with farmers to end the crisis Credit: File image

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three controversial farm laws.

The Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act have been challenged as illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional, and are on hold until further orders.

Farmers across the country, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been opposing these laws and protesting at the Delhi border since November 2020.

The order was pronounced by a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian.

The top court also said a committee of agricultural experts would negotiate with farmers to end the crisis.

In eight rounds of talks with farmers’ unions over the past month, the government had firmly ruled out withdrawing the laws but had insisted that amendments were on the table. The SC also stated that it was trying to solve the problem in the best way, and had the power to suspend the laws.

Chief Justice SA Bobde said that the SC is staying the three farm laws until further order. He also added that these are matters of life and death and are concerned with laws.

During the hearing, the Court expressed its inclination to put on hold the farm laws. The Court observed that steps taken by the Central government to break the deadlock have not yielded desired results.

Various farmers unions and organisations and individuals have assailed the three Farm Laws before the Supreme Court.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Apex Court that the Centre received information that Khalistanis have infiltrated the farmers’ protests.

The top court had also issued notice to farmers’ unions on a Delhi Police plea to stop a tractor rally during the January 26 Republic Day parade.

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