India’s Supreme Court Intervenes In Standoff Between Farmers’ Groups And Government

India’s Supreme Court is intervening in the standoff between farmers’ groups and the government.

It has ordered a joint hearing today to help create an acceptable solution to end the impasse. The court on Wednesday sent notices to the government and the farmers’ representatives across the country seeking their views on the proposal. The farmers have been blocking half a dozen major highways on the outskirts of New Delhi for three weeks and say they will not leave until the government quashes what they call the “black laws” passed by the parliament in September. Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Rama-subra-manian made the offer to set up the panel after five rounds of talks between the government and farmers failed to end the impasse.

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