- Allegedly farmers deviated from the planned routes, broke barriers, clashed with security forces.
- Petitioners asked for a three-member commission headed by a retired SC judge to enquire into the case.
- Another plea sought direction from SC to instruct media channels to not declare the protesters as “terrorists” without proof.
TAD NewsDesk, New Delhi: On February 3, the Supreme Court declined to petitions seeking the apex court’s intervention in the violence that transpired in Delhi during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day.
Exhibiting faith in the government, Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said,
“We are sure that the government is enquiring into it and taking appropriate action. We also read the statement of the Prime Minister in the press that law will take its own course. We are confident that the law will take its own course. We don’t want to interfere in this case.”
The three-judge bench refused to intervene in the 44 FIRs registered and 122 arrests made in connection with the violence. Farmers were arrested for allegedly deviating from the assigned routes, breaking Delhi Police barricades and manhandling security personnel.
Many activists and farmer leaders raised their voice against the illegal detention of farmers. However, the police further appealed to the general public to not pay attention to such rumours as the investigation is being carried out in a fair and transparent manner.
Petitions filed for SC intervention
Seeking a fair and impartial judicial enquiry into the matter, the petitioners asked for the constitution of a three-member commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.
Further, the plea sought a direction to the concerned authorities to register FIRs against people or organisations that were responsible for the violence and hoisting a religious flag on the Red Fort.
Another plea was filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking direction to media channels who are declaring the protesting farmers as “terrorists” without producing any evidence. Through his plea, Sharma raised concerns about the protesters being declared as terrorists without any evidence, as a part of a larger conspiracy to derail the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws.
Source – Hindustan Times