In a big setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of controversial new farm laws till further orders and ordered the setting up of a committee.
The big development came a day after the Supreme Court rapped the central government over the impasse with the protesting farmers, saying it was “extremely disappointed” with the negotiation process.
After some tough talk that the Centre has been given a “long rope” and “failed” to break the deadlock and not been “effective” in handling the stir, the SC on Monday proposed setting up a committee to find ways to resolve the impasse.
When the SC resumed hearing on Tuesday, the bench ordered the formation of a panel to look into the farmers’ grievances against the three farm laws and resolve the impasse over farmers between the Centre and farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi borders.
“We are not seized with matters of life and death. We are hearing the validity of farm laws. We are trying to solve the problem in accordance with law,” the CJI said.