The Supreme Court on Wednesday mounted a strong defence of the committee appointed by it to help resolve the ongoing farmers’ protest even as it issued a notice to the Centre for its reconstitution after a petition was filed by a farmer union from Rajasthan. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde expressed dissatisfaction over how “unnecessary aspersions” were cast on the members of the Committee after it was reported that all four had previously spoken in favour of the farm reform laws that have sparked the protests around Delhi. “If you don’ want to appear before the committee, we cannot compel you. But you cannot malign people like this and cast aspersions on them and also the court. If you don’t want to appear, don’t appear. Why do you need to brand people like this?” CJI Bobde told Prashant Bhushan and Dushyant Dave, who were appearing on the behalf of eight farmers unions. Protesters and several opposition parties had raised objections saying the four members of the panel were in favour of the legislations.
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