- Apprentice Lawyer
The Supreme Court is hearing the challenges made to the validity of the recently enacted Farm Acts. Also before the Supreme Court are petitions challenging the ongoing farmers' protests in reaction to the controversial laws.
The Bench of CJI SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian is hearing the matter.
Earlier, the three-judge Bench had stayed the implementation of the three controversial Farm Laws.
The Court also ordered the formation of a four-member committee to hear all the parties and stakeholders and submit a report to the Court about the same.
The names initially proposed were those of Bhupinder Singh Mann (National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union), Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Ashok Gulati (Agricultural Economist) and Anil Ghanwat (President of Shetkari Sanghatana).
However, the future of the Committee stands unknown after Bhupinder Singh Mann recused himself citing the "prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst the farm unions and public in general".
The Supreme Court's choice of members to the Committee has been under fire since all the members of the Committee were reportedly those who had expressed support to the contentious laws.
In this regard, a plea was filed recently seeking the reconstitution of the committee with retired Supreme Court judges and representatives of farmer unions.
On Tuesday, however, CJI Bobde orally opined that person would not be disqualified from being a member of a committee merely because he/ she has previously expressed an opinion on the subject matter.
Live updates from the hearings today feature on this page.