New Delhi, February 3: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a clutch of petitions demanding investigation into the violence in the national capital on Republic Day during the farmers’ tractor rally.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian allowed the petitioners to file a representation before the government.

“We are sure that the government is inquiring into it. We read a statement by the Prime Minister that the law is taking its own course. We don’t want to interfere in this case. You make a representation before the government,” said CJI Bobde, India Today reported.

The top court also dismissed another PIL, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking direction to the media not to declare farmers as “terrorists” without any evidence. Sharma had claimed in his plea that there was a planned conspiracy to sabotage the protest by farmers.

The tractor parade on January 26 descended into chaos as protesters broke through barriers, clashed with the police in the heart of Delhi, overturned vehicles, and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

One of the pleas filed by advocate Vishal Tiwari had sought setting up of a three-member inquiry commission under a former SC judge and comprising of two retired HC judges for collecting and recording evidence and submitting a report on the violence to the top court in a time-bound manner.

Last month, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the contentious farm laws till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to make recommendations to resolve the impasse.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/supreme-court-hearing-farmers-tractor-rally-violence-on-republic-day-1765456-2021-02-03

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