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Affidavit in Supreme Court cites hardship to people due to farmers’ protest, reminds court of Shaheen Bagh verdict

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An affidavit has been filed in the Supreme Court in a petition against the farmers’ protest saying if farmers are not removed from the borders, it will not only continue causing hardships to the people but also contradicts the Supreme Court judgment in Shaheen Bagh case. 

The petitioner contended that Supreme Court as per its earlier order of Dec 16th and Dec 17th had allowed the farmers to continue with the protest in non-violent manner and the same should not result in damage to the life and property of other citizens. The petitioner further stated that farmers are continuing protest against the directions issued by the apex court. 

He said 

“farmers union indulge into the public road blockage at various borders such as Noida Chilla Border Tikri Border, Sindhu Border, Gazipur Border, Delhi Rohtak National Highway. Even farmers union have destroyed various mobile towers in the State of Punjab and have also threatened to take tractor rally on the Republic Day.” 

The affidavit has been filed by the main petitioner Rishabh Sharma through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar who stated that as per the report published in the daily newspaper The Hindu the farmers protest is causing daily loss of 3500 crore and the cost of raw material is almost up by 30% and if the protest is allowed to be continued it would cause great loss to the economy. 

Citing various media reports, petitioner further contended that violent protests at Chilla Border and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, are causing not only inconvenience to the people but are also against the apex court ruling to continue protest in non-violent manner.

Petitioner Rishabh Sharma has challenged the blocking of roads by farmers to protest against the new farm laws. He sought directions to open all borders and to shift the protesters to allotted places and provide guidelines related to social distancing and use of masks at the protest place. 

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The Supreme Court is set to hear the matter on Jan 11.

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