Group Of 140 Lawyers Writes To CJI Seeking Suo Motu Cognizance Against Suspension of Internet Services in Parts of Delhi-NCR, Amidst Farmers Protests
A group of 140 lawyers wrote to SA Bobde, Chief Justice of India, against suspending Internet services at different points of entry to Delhi, where thousands of farmers have been protesting for more than two months against farm laws. During the farmers' tractor rally that left one farmer dead in an accident, mobile internet services were briefly suspended following unprecedented violence on Republic Day. Also affected were a large number of cars. Subsequently, on January 29, violent clashes between "local" residents and protestors were reported at the Singhu Border.
In order to stop the gross injustice that tarnishes the fabric of our Constitution and does colossal harm to the sheen of a democratic country, something must be done immediately... History will not forgive us if we remain silent spectators of this abuse of human rights, they submitted. The letter urged the court to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the alleged inaction of the police in controlling the violence and the role of the Delhi Police in supposedly facilitating the attack on farmers by the mob on 29 January. They called for stringent action against journalists and TV news channels for allegedly spreading inflammatory material about the protests of farmers.