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PIL in Supreme Court over violation of farmers’ rights

PIL also seeks action against those who are defaming farmers, Sikhs

PIL in Supreme Court over violation of farmers’ rights

Amid the ongoing farmers’ stir demanding a legal guarantee for MSP for their crops, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court, alleging violation of the rights of the “peacefully protesting” farmers by the Centre and four states. - File photo



Tribune News Service

Satya Prakash

New Delhi, February 23

Amid the ongoing farmers’ stir demanding a legal guarantee for MSP for their crops, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court, alleging violation of the rights of the “peacefully protesting” farmers by the Centre and four states.

“The petitioner is seeking a writ of mandamus in the interest of the farmers, who are facing unfair treatment in their peaceful protests,” the petition filed by Agnostos Theos, MD of the Sikh Chamber of Commerce, submitted.

The PIL wanted the top court to direct the government to consider reasonable demands of the farmers, ensure fair and respectful treatment to them, stop alleged violence against farmers, withdraw FIRs against them, unblock their social media accounts, remove barricades and take legal action against officials indulging in illegal acts.

The PIL also sought directions to the “relevant authorities to take immediate action against those who are defaming farmers and Sikhs and hurling abuses, derogatory terms and threats, and showing dissension disrupting the communal harmony”. It also demanded “adequate compensation to victim farmers and their families”.

The Centre and some states have issued “threats” and fortified the national capital’s borders, after several farmers’ unions held protests seeking legal guarantee for MSP and implementation of the Swaminathan committee’s recommendations, the PIL alleged.

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