An open letter written to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) in opposition to makes an attempt being made to color the protesting farmers as separatists has been transformed right into a public curiosity litigation and is anticipated to be heard by the Supreme Court within the coming days.
The letter written by 35 college students of Panjab University’s Centre for Human Rights and Duties on December 2 termed the plan of action initiated by the federal government to deal with the farmers’ issues as “insensitive” and sought intervention of the court docket to permit them to proceed with their peaceable protest. The letter additionally attacked the media for making an attempt to “polarise” the peaceable protest by associating farmers with separatists.
Gurmohan Preet Singh, a postgraduate pupil of the college, who’s among the many 35 signatories to the letter, stated, “On December 18, we received an intimation from the Supreme Court registry informing that our letter has been registered under the section of public interest litigation (PIL). We are hopeful that our letter will be listed in open court for hearing at the earliest.”
The intimation acquired from the registry stated, “Your communication has been successfully registered as Diary no 67872/SCI/PIL(E) 2020.” Singh stated he had not acquired any intimation but with regard to the itemizing of the case.
The letter aired a grievance over the style by which water cannons, teargas shells and lathis have been used in opposition to the protesting farmers. The 35 signatories, comprising human rights college students, analysis students, and former college students of the college demanded an enquiry into the illegitimate use of drive by Haryana Police and withdrawal of all felony circumstances registered in opposition to the protesting farmers by each Haryana Police and Delhi Police. In addition, the letter sought primary facilities to be supplied to the protesters to make sure their security.
One of the prayers within the letter said, “Take action to curb fake news and against media channels, engaged in misrepresentation, polarisation and sensationalisation of the whole issue.”
The Supreme Court on December 17 thought of the problem of farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders and proposed an answer be labored out by means of talks between the federal government and farmer unions by involving impartial specialists. The court docket maintained that it didn’t intend to curb the farmers’ proper to protest peacefully however the identical shouldn’t be at the price of disruption of public order.
The letter stated, “When farmers decided to approach to the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the peaceful protesters (farmers) were thrashed and walloped that it seemed raising a voice for their Fundamental Rights as provided by the Supreme Law of the Nation is a dreadful crime (which it is not).”