Agitated farmers’ unions on Delhi’s borders on Thursday said they would consult lawyers on the Supreme Court’s ongoing proceedings relating to their protests against three agricultural laws before making any decisions.
During a press conference at the Singhu border on Thursday evening, the leader of farmers and coordinator of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh KV Biju said: “All the farmers’ unions met today and we have decided that we will consult four Supreme Court lawyers: Prashant Bhushan, Dushyant Dave, HS Phoolka and Colin Gonsalves – on the ongoing proceedings in the Supreme Court … We will not comment on the matter or announce any decision without consulting these lawyers. “
The Supreme Court stepped in on Wednesday to try to end the impasse between farmers’ unions and the Center on controversial new laws to open trade in agriculture, noting that the protest will soon become a national matter and that recent events suggest negotiations with the government with the unions were “doomed to fail again”. On Thursday a bench chaired by Chief Justice SA Bobde asked the Attorney General for India if the government can pledge not to implement agriculture laws while the court is hearing petitions filed against the ongoing protest.
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Farmer leaders said they have not received any notification from the apex court so far. “We just need to know what’s going on in the Supreme Court through the media. We have not received any notice or communication at this time. We will make a legal decision only after consulting these four lawyers, ”said another agricultural leader Balbir Singh Rajewal.
The turmoil at Delhi’s four key borders – Singhu, Tikri, UP Gate and Chilla – entered Thursday’s 22nd day.
Meanwhile, Dushyant Dave, a senior attorney and president of the Supreme Court’s forensic association, said he offered free legal advice to farmers on all issues. “If they have decided to accept my help, it is a privilege and an honor for me. After all, for this country “Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisan” means more. It is my duty as a Supreme Court attorney to help them as much as possible … I will be happy to appear for them in the Supreme Court if they ask me. “
Senior attorney HS Phoolka also confirmed that the farmers’ executives had consulted him and the other three lawyers on the matter.
Attorney Prashant Bhushan said he will offer legal advice to farmers’ associations if they contact him.
Attorney Colin Gonsalves said: “The discussion with farmers is at an early stage. We may be able to comment after a couple of days. “