The Supreme Court Thursday restored a PIL, which was dismissed earlier, challenging the constitutional validity of Centre’s newly enacted three farm laws on the ground that Parliament lacked the power to make legislations on the subject as ’agriculture’ is a state subject in the Constitution. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, on October 12, had issued a notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions against the three contentious farm laws and had sought its reply in four weeks.
However, it had dismissed the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma against these statutes by asking him to approach the High Court instead. ”We will restore and keep your matter for admission after two weeks,” the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said when Sharma claimed on Thursday that he couldn’t argue his case on the last date of hearing. In a hearing conducted via video conferencing, the lawyer sought restoration of his dismissed PIL by saying ”if I could not appear before the court and argue myself, then it amounts to non-appearance”. The bench said it remembered as to what had transpired on the last date of hearing in the case.