SC refuses to hear petitions seeking probe into Jan 26 violence during tractor rally; says sure Govt inquiring into it

The Supreme Court Wednesday declined to entertain a batch of petitions seeking an investigation into the violence in the national capital on Republic Day during the farmers’ tractor rally.

A bench led by CJI SA Bobde told the petitioners to make a representation before the government.

“We are sure that the government is inquiring into it. We read a statement by the Prime Minister that the law is taking its own course. We don’t want to interfere in this case”, CJI Bobde remarked.

It ordered, “The writ petitions are allowed to be withdrawn with liberty to make appropriate representation before the Government”.

One of the petitions sought the constitution of a three-member inquiry commission under a retired SC judge to collect and record evidence and submit a report on the violence to the top court in a time-bound manner.

Some other petitions sought a probe by the CBI and NIA.

The Court also rejected another PIL, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking directions to the media not to declare farmers as “terrorists” without any evidence. Sharma had claimed in his plea that there was a planned conspiracy to sabotage the farmers’ protest.

The Supreme Court on January 12 stayed the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders and constituted a four-member committee for the purpose of listening to the grievances of the farmers relating to the laws and the views of the government and to make recommendations.