The apex body of Supreme Court denied a series of pleas on Wednesday seeking for an investigation in the violence erupted by farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde along with two other Justices V Ramasubramanian and AS Bopanna asked the petitioners to file their pleas before the government.
“We are sure that the government is inquiring into it. We read a statement by the Prime Minister that the law is taking its own course. We don’t want to interfere in this case. You make a representation before the government,” said the Chief Justice in a statement.
An advocate Manohar Lal Sharma had also filed a PIL seeking for an order to media not to call farmers as terrorists without any evidence but the Supreme Court dismissed his PIL also . There was a planned conspiracy to sabotage the farmers’ protests he mentioned in his PIL.
The tractor rally which was planned by the farmers on Republic was proposed to be peaceful but it turned into violence as thousands of farmers entered before the scheduled time as it was after the Republic Day parade, after entering they started breaking police barricades, clashed with police, overturned vehicles and later entered the iconic Mughal era Red Fort too where they hoisted a religious flag with a sign of ‘Nishan Sahib’.
One out of the all pleas filed was from another advocate Vishal Tiwari who asked for setting up of a three-member inquiry commission under a former SC judge and comprising of two retired HC judges for collecting and recording evidence and submitting a report on the violence to the top court in a time-bound manner.
In January the Supreme Court stayed on the implementation of the three contentious farm laws till further notice and had also constituted a four member committee to resolve this deadlock.