New Delhi: The Supreme Court said that it was up to the Delhi Police to decide on the entry of protesting farmers into the Capital on Republic day.
The court was hearing the Centre’s petition seeking an injunction against the farmers’ proposed tractor rally on that day.
“The question of entry into Delhi is a law and order situation that is to be determined by the police,” Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said during the hearing.
The chief justice added that the Supreme Court was not the first authority in the matter.
“We have told the AG [attorney general] and SG [solicitor general] before that whether who should allow and who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order to be dealt with by the police,” he said.
Attorney General K.K Venugopal told the court that entry of 5,000 people into Delhi would be illegal. “You are at liberty to invoke all powers under the law,” Bobde said in response.
The court will next hear the case on Wednesday.
In its application filed through the Delhi Police, the government cited the historical and constitutional significance of Republic Day, and said the farmers’ march was aimed to “disturb and disrupt” the celebrations.