‘You have strangulated entire city’: Supreme Court on farmers’ body’s plea to protest at Jantar Mantar

This comes a day after the top court had taken a grim view of the continuing blockade of highways connecting the national capital to the neighbouring states by farmers protesting against the farm laws, saying that the roads cannot be blocked perpetually.

The Supreme Court on Friday slammed a farmer’s group which sought its permission for holding protests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar asking what is the point in approaching the court if it plans to continue its protests by blocking roads and highways.

“You have strangulated the city and now you want to come inside the city…You are obstructing security and defense personnel. This was in the media. All this should stop. There is no point in protest once you come to the court challenging the laws,” Justice A M Khanwilkar, who is heading a two-judge bench, told the counsel appearing for petitioner Kisan Mahapanchayat.

The court asked those agitating to have faith in the system.

“What is the point of doing satyagraha. You have approached the court. Have trust in court. Once you have approached the court, what is the point of protest? Are you protesting against the judicial system? Have faith in the system”, he remarked.

The Mahapanchayat had sought permission to hold a satyagraha at the Jantar Mantar.

Advocate Ajay Choudhary, appearing for the petitioner outfit, said it was not part of the protests blocking the roads and highways. He added that it was the police and not the farmers who were blocking the highways.

Following this submission, the bench, which also comprises Justice C T Ravikumar, asked the counsel to file an affidavit affirming that it is not part of the road blockade and said it will consider taking up the matter again the affidavit was filed.

On Thursday, the top court had taken a grim view of the continuing blockade of highways connecting the national capital to the neighbouring states by farmers protesting against the farm laws, saying that the roads cannot be blocked perpetually. “Redressal can be through judicial form, agitation, or parliamentary debates. But how can highways be blocked and this happen perpetually? Where does it end?”, justice S K Kaul had asked.

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