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Supreme Court disposes of PIL on farmers’ blockade of Delhi border

The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of a PIL that had said travelling to Delhi from Noida had become a nightmare due to the now withdrawn farmers’ protest at the capital’s borders.

The Division Bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M.M. Sundresh has been informed by Senior Counsel Prashant Bhushan that in view of the protests coming to an end, the matter has become infructuous.

Accordingly, the Bench disposed of the PIL.

Earlier on April 9, the Apex Court pulled up the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, asking them why they have let the agitators block roads for a long time, causing inconvenience to people.

The court issued notices to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh government and asked them to respond to the issue, while slating the matter to April 19 for further hearing.

On March 29, 2021, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the Central Government and the Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure the road area was kept clear so that passage from one place to another was not affected.

Thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh had been camping at the Delhi borders for several months and blocked roads, highways, and crucial traffic movement.

As the farmers awaited a resolution to the complete rollback of the three farm laws by the Centre, traffic movement at the Delhi borders suffered.

Petitioner Monicca Agarwaal, who appeared in person, submitted to the Court that she stayed in Noida and had to commute to Delhi in connection with her marketing job. She said despite various directions passed by the Court to keep the roads clear, the same had not happened. Further, being a single mother with medical issues, it had become a nightmare for her to travel to Delhi, she added.


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