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Supreme Court to hear all petitions against farm laws on January 11

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Expressing concern at the deadlock between protesting farmers and the Central government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said all petitions challenging the three farm laws will be heard together on January 11.

The observations were made by the Supreme Court as it took up a petition filed by advocate ML Sharma challenging the constitutional validity of the three farm laws. During the hearing, Sharma urged the court to allow his amended petition, which the bench allowed later. On a previous occasion, the court had dismissed Sharma’s plea and asked him to approach the Court when the Cause of action arose.

In his petition, ML Sharma had alleged that the 1954 Amendment Act of the Constitution, which had included Agriculture in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, was passed in an improper manner. Sharma has argued that the inclusion of agriculture in the Concurrent list is unconstitutional.

The bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramaniam on Wednesday heard a batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of three farm laws passed by Parliament on September 24. The Court observed that there is absolutely no improvement in the situation regarding farmers’ protest and said it will take up the petitions challenging farm laws on Monday.

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Sharma’s petition challenged the constitutional validity of the notifications pertaining to the three farm laws being contrary to Article 246 of the Constitution on the premise that the subject of agriculture belongs to the state list, and hence is violative of the fundamental right of the citizens of India in the interest of justice.

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