Farmers have right to protest, but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely: Supreme Court

Farmers have right to protest, but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, while hearing a case against the road blockade as part of the farmers protests, on Thursday said that farmers have the right to protest, but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, while hearing a case against the road blockade as part of the farmers protests, on Thursday said that farmers have the right to protest, but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely.

A Bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh, further asked farmers’ unions to file their response on petition seeking removal of protesting farmers from roads and posted the matter for hearing on December 7.

“Ultimately some solution has to be found. I’m not averse to their right to protest even when legal challenge is pending. But roads cannot be blocked,” Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, the presiding judge of the bench, orally remarked, according to Live Law.

The top court was hearing a petition filed by a Nodia-based resident against the road blockages at Delhi-NCR region as part of the farmers protest. 

This comes a day after the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government and said that it was getting an impression that the Uttar Pradesh Police was “dragging its feet” in its investigation into the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri where eight persons, including four farmers, were killed during a farmers’ protest.

The apex court adjourned the hearing in the Lakhimpur Kheri case to October 26 and asked the SIT probing the case to record statements of other witnesses also under Section 164 CrPC.

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Ten people, including Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

first published:Oct. 21, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

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