The Supreme Court today hit out at a farmers’ group protesting the three agricultural laws saying they have “strangulated the entire city (Delhi) and blocked highways”.
The farmers’ body, Kisan Mahapanchayat, had sought permission from the Supreme Court to hold a ‘Satyagrah’ at Jantar Mantar, the designated protest site in the heart of Delhi. The group sought the top court’s direction to the authorities to provide space to at least 200 farmers or protestors at the Jantar Mantar for organising a peaceful and non-violent ‘Satyagrah’.
“You have strangulated the entire city, now you want to come inside the city. The residents around, are they happy with the protest? This business should stop,” a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar said.
“You block highways and then say protest is peaceful. Citizens also have their rights to move around. Their properties are being damaged. You are affecting security also. You stopped defence personnel also,” Justice Khanwilkar said.