The peasants’ protest must continue and Delhi cannot be blocked, the Supreme Court said today, hearing a series of petitions on the issue. India Chief Justice SA Bobde, who yesterday said the matter must be brought to a committee, said the panel must “have independent members with knowledge of agriculture and hear both sides and report on what needs to be done”. In the meantime, the “protests can continue without violence and the police will take no action,” said the Chief Justice.
When the center insisted on a meeting where discussions can take place on any clause, the court said, “We found yesterday that the center is unsuccessful in negotiating. We do not believe the farmers will accept your conclusions. Let the committee decide. “
When senior attorney Harish Salve said, “Protests can not only be to protest, but to articulate the point of view,” the court said, “That’s exactly what we mean.”
“The purpose of the protest must be achieved through nonviolent means. Protests must be about issues. Affected parties must be able to express themselves and the party that caused the problem must be able to respond,” said Chief Justice Bobde.