SC put on hold three farm bills; Government claims Khalistani infiltration

News Desk: The Supreme Court today put on hold three farm laws that are the cause of protests near Delhi by thousands of farmers. In the hearing, the government argued that ”Khalistanis” had infiltrated the protests. The Supreme Court asked to file an affidavit. The top government lawyer said he would do so by tomorrow along with inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

The Khalistan reference emerged when a farmer group in favour of the central laws alleged that banned organisations had entered the protests.

Senior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for a petitioner supporting the farm laws, told the top court, “Those who organised rallies for Khalistan have put up flags at the protests”.

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked the Attorney General Mr KK Venugopal whether the allegations could be confirmed.

“We have said that Khalistanis have infiltrated into the protests,” Mr Venugopal said.

The Chief Justice responded: “If there is an infiltration by a banned organization, and somebody is making an allegation here on record, you have to confirm it. You file an affidavit by tomorrow.”

“Yes. I will file the affidavit and place the IB records,” said the Attorney General.