Chief Justice of India, Sharad Arvind Bobde (File Photo, Image credit: ThePrint)

Supreme Court refuses to issue order on R-Day March as Women Farmers’ Day observed

As the agitating farmers are observing Mahila Kisan Diwas (Women Farmers’ Day) all over the country, especially on the border with Delhi, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to issue any order on the Kisan Tractors’ March of Republic Day on the plea that it is the responsibility of the Delhi Police.

Though the Attorney General, K K Venugopal, said that it was an extraordinary situation the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, made it amply clear that it was not going to stop the farmers’ from taking out the Tractors’ March on the Outer Ring Road of Delhi on January 26 as it is not its duty.

The bench said that the decision whether to allow anybody to enter any place comes under the jurisdiction of the police and not the Supreme Court. Everything is very clear on this issue. The matter comes under the law and order and it is up to the police to look into it. Should the Centre and police be told about it?

The Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav and other farmers’ leader questioned as to why the government is making it an issue when they have no plan to enter Delhi as such. They once again assured that their rally would not enter the National Capital and have absolutely no plan whatsoever to occupy any building or place on that day as is being propagated.

On the other hand, thousands of women farmers on Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders observed Mahila Kisan Diwas with full enthusiasm on Monday.  A large number of women activists, professionals, students, house-wives, farmers etc. gathered at Singhu border. They came from states as far away as Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra etc.

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