The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu faction) has filed an application in the Supreme Court to allow the farmers sitting on Delhi and its borders to stay there and interfere in the petition filed against the agriculture bill in the Supreme Court. In fact, the Supreme Court has already issued a notice to the Center on October 12 on the petition filed against Chhattisgarh Kisan Congress, DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva, MP Manoj Jha and others including the Agriculture Bill. The Supreme Court has already decided to hear the petition challenging the validity of the agricultural bill and has approached the Indian Farmers Union in the same application.
The Supreme Court has filed an application on behalf of the Indian Farmers Union (Bhanu faction) that the agricultural law is arbitrary and it is non-constitutional as well as this law is anti-farmer. The petition filed by the petitioner in the Supreme Court has said that the new agricultural law is a preparation to give the agricultural sector in the hands of privatization. Multi-national companies will benefit from this law and under this law, multi-national companies will export agricultural produce without any restrictions. The application filed in the Supreme Court states that this law was brought in haste and there was no discussion.
Notices were issued to the center
A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobade, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian on 12 October focused on the petitions of RJD MP Manoj Jha, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and Rakesh Vaishnav of Chhattisgarh Kisan Congress challenging the constitutional validity of the three agricultural laws. Notice was issued to The center was to respond to the notice within four weeks. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench at the same time that the Center would file a consolidated reply on all these petitions.
Three bills – Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Bill, 2020, Farmers Product Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Bill 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 were passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. After the approval of President Ram Nath Kovind, the three Bills got the status of law and came into effect from 27 September. It has been alleged in these petitions that the Agricultural Laws passed by the Parliament will abolish the Agricultural Produce Market Committee system made to ensure fair prices of agricultural products to farmers.
‘Farmers likely to be exploited by large corporate houses’
It has been argued by Vaishnav that these laws interfere with the rights of the state and in such a situation the top court should consider them. Manoj Jha, who has filed the petition through advocate Fauzia Shakeel, said that these laws will increase the possibility of exploitation of marginal farmers by big corporate houses. The petition said that the situation of negotiating this agricultural agreement with the corporate is uneven and this will lead to the monopoly of big houses on the agricultural sector.
DMK leader Tiruchi Siva has said in his petition that these new laws are unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary at first sight. He has argued that these laws are anti-farmer and agricultural. The petition states that the only purpose of these laws enacted during the Kovid-19 epidemic is to benefit some corporations that are close to power. This petition states that these laws will pave the way for factionalization and commercialization for agricultural produce and if implemented, it will ruin the country because without any rule these corporations can export our agricultural produce in one stroke Huh.
TN Pratapan, a Congress MP from Kerala, has also filed a petition in the court challenging the constitutional validity of all the provisions of the new farmers law. On the other hand, the government claims that the new law provides for a national framework on agricultural agreements. Through this, it empowers farmers to engage in the sale of agricultural products, farm services, agricultural firms, processors, wholesalers, large retailers and exporters.
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Farmers filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the new agricultural laws