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Farmers’ tractor rally: SC refuses to pass order, says entry into Delhi to be decided by police

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to pass any order on protesting farmers' proposed tractor rally which seeks to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

While hearing Centre’s application seeking an injunction against any kind of farmers’ protest or their proposed tractor rally, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said the proposed tractor rally by farmers is a matter of "law and order" and Delhi Police is the first authority to decide who should be allowed to enter the national capital.

While observing that police has all the authority to deal with the matter, the SC said, "Does the Supreme Court will say as to what are the powers of police and how they will exercise them? We are not going to tell you what to do".

The SC will hear the matter on January 20.

"The question of entering into Delhi is a law and order matter and will be determined by the police," the bench all comprising of Justices LN Rao and Vineet Saran said. "Mr Attorney General, we are adjourning the matter and you have all the authority to deal with this matter," the court further said.

The Centre filed the application through Delhi Police. It said that if any such proposed rally or protest by the farmers disrupts the Republic Day parade, it be an "embarrassment to the nation".

The SC had agreed to hear the application on January 12 and posted it for hearing on January 18. The Bench issued a notice based on the application and stated that it should be served upon the farmers' unions that are protesting against the new farm laws.

In its application, the Centre said that "maligning the nation globally" can never be included in the right to protest. It urged the apex court to restrain any kind of protest in the form of tractor march, trolley march, vehicle march, or any other mode in the National Capital Region Territory of Delhi.

Some reports claim that farmer leaders have said the tractor rally on January 26 will only take place at the Haryana-Delhi borders and the farmers are not planning to disrupt the Republic Day parade at the Red Fort.

On January 12, the SC had stayed the implementation of the new contentious farm laws. It had also constituted a four-member committee that will make recommendations to resolve the impasse over the laws between the Centre and the protesting farmers' unions.

Days after the committee was formed, its member National President of the Bhartiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan Coordination Committee Bhupinder Singh Mann recused himself from the expert panel.

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