Following a petition filed by the Delhi police, regarding the farmers’ tractor march to the capital on Republic Day, the Supreme Court informed that it was a law and order issue. Adding to it, the SC told Delhi police that they had the “liberty to invoke all powers under the law” to handle the situation as they are not the “first authority” in the matter.
The Chief Justice of India SA Bobde made the observation, noting that the matter of “who should be allowed, who shouldn’t be allowed, and the number of people who can be allowed” are all issues concerning law and order and to be dealt by the police. The plea filed by the police claimed that according to various agencies the tractor march by the farmers is “slated to disturb and disrupt” the Republic Day parade, create a law and order situation, and cause embarrassment to the nation.
Addressing the need for a Court order despite it being a law and order situation, the Attorney General said that they are facing an unprecedented situation and an order could strengthen their hands. However, the CJI asked, “Does the Union of India want the Court to say that you have powers under the law?” Clarifying further doubts, the CJI told the AG that their intervention has been misunderstood since the SC was not involved in the overall matter but regarding the protests aspect.