Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: The Supreme Court on Friday said its recognises the fundamental right to protest against a law, but at the same time that cannot affect other fundamental rights or right to life of others, reported Live Law. “We recognise that the farmers have a right to protest. But we are on the mode of protesting. We will ask the Union what can be done to alter the nature of protesting which will ensure that rights of others are not affected,” the apex court said while hearing a batch of petitions seeking the removal of farmers protesting at the borders of Delhi.
Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for one of the petitioners, said, “No right is absolute. From right to protest to right to movement. The content of right to free speech, it includes the right to no but it cannot extend to right to privacy. Right to protest does not extend to deny others to exercise their rights.” he added, “Fundamental right to protest cannot extend to holding a city to ransom.”
Noting that the Centre’s negotiations with farmer groups did not appear to be yielding results, the court Wednesday said it will form a committee comprising representatives of the Centre and farmer organisations to try and resolve the impasse. Issuing notice, the top court said it will ask farmer organisations to be part of the committee as this will soon become a national issue.
As the farmers’ protests against the three new farm laws at the Delhi border enters Day 22, the standoff between the protesting farmers and the government seems headed towards a Shaheen Bagh-like gridlock. The three weeks of farmers’ stir has got the ruling BJP to plan public meetings across the country. Taking a leaf from its CAA playbook, the party is getting its senior ministers and leaders to hold meetings with ‘pro-farm laws farmers’ groups to signal that the demand for repeal of the laws does not reflect a national farmer sentiment.