Punjab & Haryana HC issues notice to Haryana government on illegal detention of farmers


Amitha Muraleedharan

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana on 25th November issued notice to the Haryana government in a writ petition.

The writ petition of Habeas corpus was filed by an advocacy group initiated by farmers from various parts of Haryana, seeking the release in illegal detention of 100 farmers detained at midnight for protesting against state policies in Delhi.

The Bench of Justice Sant Prakash heard the Habeas Corpus plea filed by the petitioner ‘Haryana Progressive Farmers Union – Sabka Mangal Ho.’

Advocates Pardeep Kumar Rapria, Harinder Pal Singh & Parveen Kumar, appearing for the farmers, stated that the writ petition questions the illegal midnight raids and custody of the farmers.

The petition submitted before the court and stated that the agitation was against the three controversial farm laws, and the various farmer organisation from different states will be marching to Delhi for a protest on November 26 and 27.

About 500 farmer organisations took part in the agitation under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) in Delhi Chalo.

The counsel argued that through illegal detention of the government wants to stifle the voice of the people, and it is a clear violation of Articles 19, 21, and 22 of the Constitution of India.

The houses of the leaders were raided at midnight.

The petition questioned the illegal detention through raising legal points and said that the detention violated Article 22 of the Constitution of India and Section 50-A of the CrPC, Section 151 of the CrPC.

The petition referred to the smooth functioning of a democratic state and the Right to peacefully protesting against the state policy.

The court filed a notice to Additional Advocate General, Haryana.

He requested a short accommodation to file the status report.

The matter will be heard today.

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