The Supreme Court of India on Monday asked the central government whether it would pause the three controversial laws at the core of massive farmer protests near Delhi, and suggested a committee for negotiations.
"Tell us whether you will put the laws on hold or else we will do it. What's the prestige issue here," the court said, saying it was disappointed by the government's handling of the crisis, reports the NDTV.
The court's sharp remarks came during a hearing on petitions challenging the farm laws and the farmer agitation at the Delhi borders.
"Each one of us we will responsible if anything goes wrong. We don't want any injuries or blood on our hands," Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said in a series of stern comments to the government.
As the centre asked for more time, referring to ongoing negotiations, Justice Bobde said: "We don't see you are dealing with this issue effectively. We are taking a decision today. Who is going to be responsible for bloodshed if any?"
When Attorney General KK Venugopal questioned the "hurry to pass orders", the top judge snapped: "Don't lecture us on patience. We have given a long rope."
The top court suggested that after the implementation of the laws was stayed, the protest could continue. "But decide whether you want to carry on the protest on the same site or move to other," it said.
In the previous hearing, the Supreme Court had noted that there was no improvement on the ground, and it was told by the centre that "healthy discussions" were going on between the government and the unions over all outstanding issues.
"We have asked in the last hearing but no answer. The situation has gone worse. People have committed suicide. Why are the old and the women part of the agitation in this weather?" the Chief Justice questioned the government.