'They Are Brilliant Minds; Why Malign Them For Their Views?' : CJI On Criticism Against Farm Laws Committee
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of India expressed dissatisfaction at the public criticism of the members of the committee set up by the Supreme Court to negotiate protests by farmers. The CJI verbally noted that "unnecessary presumptions" were placed on the members of the committee and "maligned" because they had expressed such opinions on the farm laws in the past. "Aspersions are unnecessarily cast. It doesn't mean disqualification to express views in a particular way. BS Mann demanded rule changes.
While considering an application filed by Bharatiya Kisan Mahapanchayat seeking to reconstitute the committee, these comments were made on the ground that the members had expressed their views in favour of the implementation of farm laws. "Taking exception to this, the CJI noted: "We can not pressure you if you don't want to appear before the committee. But you can't malign individuals like this and cast aspersions on them and the court as well. If you don't want to appear, don't appear. Why do you need to tag people like this?
The CJI explained that no authority to adjudicate has been granted to the Committee and is appointed only to assist the Court. In the case against protests, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave and Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who represent the eight farmers union added as respondents, told the bench that their customers do not want to participate in the committee proceedings. Dave and Bhushan told the bench that these unions do not want to consider changes to the laws as they are seeking complete repeal. In the order, the bench reported this and claimed that these eight unions had nothing to say about the proposal for the committee's reconstitution.