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Supreme Court on Tuesday has rejected a plea seeking ban on protests and processions against the newly introduced farm laws. The plea sought enforcement of these controversial agricultural laws.

The plea had appealed to formulate rules and guidelines to avoid agitations related to these new laws. The petitioner had also sought the blanket bar on the dissemination of ongoing propaganda on social media against the parliamentary legislation.

The petition was moved by Hindu Dharma Parishad. The plea mentioned that the laws are enacted to help and serve the farmers’ needs through an agricultural crisis.

The matter was heard by a three judge bench headed by CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde. “You cannot ask for a general direction to implement the Act. You have to bring forth specific cases,” the court said.

The top court on October 12 had sought the government’s response in context to the various petitions which have challenged Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Agriculture and Promotion) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act of 2020. These petitions had interpreted the enactment of these new agricultural laws as a means to usher in an “anti-farmer exploitative regime”.

On Tuesday, the apex court has issued a notice over a plea filed against the laws by D.K. Dhakkad, Madhya Pradesh State president of Bharatiya Kisan Party.

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