'Sit down & talk': Punjab & Haryana HC sends notice to Union & State Govts on Farmers Protest 2.0

Hearing the PILs on Farmers Protest, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central government and the States of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi.

'Sit down & talk': Punjab & Haryana HC sends notice to Union & State Govts on Farmers Protest 2.0 -

Punjab & Haryana High Court on Tuesday entertained two PILs filed against the sealing of the border between Haryana and Punjab due to the farmers' Delhi March. Hearing the PILs, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central government and the States of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi on petitions related to the ongoing farmers' protest march to the national capital. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia and Justice Lapita Banerji asked the parties, including the Union and the State governments, to file status reports on the matter.

 

The High Court observed, "There has to be balance in fundamental right to speech and expression, none of the rights are in isolation. The cautionary should be kept in mind and issue should be resolved amicably...All parties in the present dispute should make efforts to sit down and solve the problem and area should be identified by states to protest."

 

Also, the High Court advised for amicable resolution of the disputes and suggested the identification of areas for holding protests by the farmers. The Court also found it necessary to implead the Delhi government as a party to the matter.

 

Farmers pelted with tear gas by Haryana Police at Shambhu Border
 

Many farmers started their march to Delhi at around 10 AM today from Fatehgarh Sahib following the inconclusive meeting at Chandigarh. They were moving towards Delhi via the Shambhu border when upon their arrival, the police were quick to lob tear gas in order to disperse the farmers. Farmers from the south Malwa districts of Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar, Bathinda and Mansa, left in groups to gather near Shambhu and Khanauri.


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