Farm law controversy may reach SC: Experts - ECAS Punjab

Farm law controversy may reach SC: Experts

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Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20

Constitution and farming experts feel that the farm law controversy, especially with the contradictory stands of the Centre and Punjab, is set to land at the door of the Supreme Court.

Legal expert Manmohan Lal Sarin said, "Firstly, the Supreme Court will clarify as to who is the competent authority to pass the farm Bills under consideration. Questions can be raised on subjects in the concurrent list where both the Centre and states are competent to make laws. The matter on the concurrent list, after being passed by the state Governor, is required to be signed by the President. If not signed by him, the matter is likely to reach the Supreme Court."

Leading Supreme Court lawyer Charanpal Singh Bagri said, "Since the Centre and state have passed contradictory laws, the case is all set to reach the Supreme Court under Article 131 of the Constitution."

Bagri said, "As per the law, the Bills concerning agriculture production, supply and distribution are on the state list. We are likely to witness a big debate on the subjects mentioned in concurrent list, like the one concerning essential commodities". Advocate General Atul Nanda said, "The state government has heard the voice of the people in passing the Bills. The Bills submitted to the Governor will be forwarded to the President and we expect he should not hold back the voice of the people."

Noted farm economist Prof SS Johl said the government was right in indicating that it would not do away with the MSP, particularly on wheat and rice.

Sucha Singh Gill, senior professor, CRRID, felt that if the case went to the Supreme Court, farmers might pull out of the agitation mode "at least for some time".

from The Tribune

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