The farmers are protesting against the recently enacted Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde is scheduled to hear a plea seeking a direction to authorities to immediately remove the farmers who are protesting at several border points of Delhi against three new farm laws on December 16.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana are protesting at several border points of the nation's capital against the three agriculture reform laws.
As per Supreme Court website a Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian will hear the plea filed by law student Rishabh Sharma who says that commuters are facing hardships due to the road blockades and the gatherings might lead to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
The petition has claimed that the Delhi Police had on November 27, allowed the protesters to hold a demonstration peacefully at the Nirankari ground in Burari. Despite this, they have blocked the borders of the national capital, reported news agency PTI.
"Because of the ongoing protest at Delhi's borders, the roads have been blocked by the protesters and the border points have been closed, which have affected vehicular traffic and people who are travelling to and from Delhi to get medical treatment in reputed government/private hospitals," the plea, filed through advocate Om Prakash Parihar, said.
On Thursday, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) had also moved an application before the Supreme Court challenging the three farm laws. The farmers' group has challenged the Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act. 2020, Farmer's Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020."
In the petition, the BKU(B) has alleged that the farm laws will "pave way for cartelisation and commercialisation of agriculture," and will make farmers "vulnerable to corporate greed."
(With inputs from agency)
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