New Delhi, Sept 30 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today while hearing a plea seeking directions to clear the roads, which were blocked due to the farmers’ protest said “Redressal can be through the judicial forum or parliamentary debates not by blocking the Roads.
The court reiterated its previous contentions that the solution lies in the hands of the Centre and the concerned state governments and that the roads should not be blocked for any reason whatsoever.
The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was today informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that farmers refused to join meetings conducted by the High-Level Committee formed pursuant to the orders of the Court. The SG further requested the court to implead them as parties in the present matter.
The Court said the petitioner may not be aware of who is representing the farmers as a leader. “If you feel that someone is to be made a party, you will have to make a request,” the bench said to SG.
The Court then adjourned the matter till October 4, 2021.
The state of Haryana has also informed that it has constituted a four-member committee under the leadership of IAS Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Home Department, to hold discussions with the Farmers/Farmer’s Organisations to resolve the issue of blockades of Inter-State Roads and National Highways, to avoid any inconvenience to the general public.
The affidavit comes as a response to the writ petition filed by a woman resident of Noida, seeking direction to ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear so that the passage from one place to another is not affected. The petitioner stated that she is in a marketing job and her work requires travel from her home in Noida to Delhi. She further alleged that her travel to Delhi is taking two hours instead of the normal 20 minutes. The woman expressed that she is a single parent and also suffering from some medical issues. She contended that despite the various directions passed by the Supreme Court to keep the to and fro passage clear (the roads), the same still has not happened.
The Court was previously informed by the state of Uttar Pradesh that continuous efforts were being made to remove the blockade. Farmers were being explained to remove the illegally imposed barriers at the protest site, but most of people present at the protest site are elderly./ILNS/KR/SNG