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“Where Is The Bias?”: SC Says Farm Laws Panel Has No Power To Decide

There is no need to brand people and malign them, and on top of it cast aspersion on (the) court,” CJI SA Bobde said. 

Slamming the critics of an expert panel, formed last week to resolve the farmers-centre deadlock over the three contentious agricultural laws, the apex court today said the committee has no power to decide on the legislations. “We gave (the committee the) power to hear everyone and submit a report to us. Where is the question of bias? (There is) no need to brand people and malign them, and on top of it cast aspersion on (the) court,” CJI SA Bobde said.

The Supreme Court also asked the central government to respond to a petition seeking reconstitution of its committee. As thousands of farmers continue to camp near Delhi borders, demanding the repeal of the legislation, the top court last week had stayed the implementation of farm laws.

“You unthinkingly cast aspersions. Someone expressed opinion… he becomes disqualified? (Bhupinder Singh) Mann had asked for (the) modification of laws… you are saying he is for laws,” CJI Bobde said over criticism of the panel, stressing the experts “are brilliant minds in the agricultural field”.

“You cannot brand people like this. People should have opinion. Even the best judges have certain opinion even they delivered judgements on the other side,” CJI added.

“We entertained the issue in the interest of public and farmers. If you do not want to appear don’t appear. Do not brand people. We are finding solution to this problem. Public opinion is important and it will not determine the outcome,” the SC added.



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