Revoke Anti-Farm Laws: AILAJ Extends Solidarity With Farmers Protest

AILAJ extends solidarity with the ongoing massive struggle of farmers and other peasant organisations, and requests all advocates and law students to support their call for Bharat Bandh on 8th December 2020 demanding the withdrawal of the Anti-Farmer laws and the Electricity Amendment Bill.

Members of Delhi unit of AILAJ have visited the Singhu and Tikri borders where the farmers are agitating and conveyed our full support to the ongoing struggle. Led by AILAJ Convener, Adv. Surya Prakash several advocates have been regularly visiting the farmers struggle in support and solidarity.

Further, AILAJ across the country have also held protests conveying full support to the Farmers agitation.

Farmers and peasants are the backbone of our nation; they are the hands that feed us. They, along with the militant working class, freed us from the clutches of the British. In the historic freedom struggle, stalwarts of the legal fraternity including Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel among others were at the forefront. Can we ever forget the INA Trials, and the defence mounted by Advocates Asaf Ali, Bhulabhai Desai and K.N. Katju, to secure the release of the three captured Indian National Army (INA) officers, Shahnawaz Khan, Prem Kumar Sahgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon? Today, when the farmers, are waging a historic democratic struggle to protect their own and the nation’s interests, can we stay aloof? Remember that legacy, repeat that history!

The Bar Council of India and several states, the Supreme Court Bar Association and Advocates Associations across the country have come out in support of the farmers’ struggle and demands. The new Agriculture Acts are not only detrimental to the interests of farmers, but also to the interest of lawyers since there is a Bar of Civil Court jurisdiction in these new Acts. The power of adjudicating disputes has been transferred from the Civil Courts to bureaucrats, acting as executive officers. Needless to add, getting justice at the doors of the bureaucracy which is under the control of the executive, is far from reality. Moreover, this will lead to corruption and encouraging touts. This is also to be questioned on the plank of separation of the judiciary from executive to maintain its independence. This will substantially damage district courts in particular and uproot the lawyers, while seriously jeopardizing the interest of the public. AILAJ calls upon all its members to organize support for, and participate extensively in, the farmer’s democratic struggles for the repeal of the anti-farmers laws and policies. Let us stand with the farmers of our country on 8th December.

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