The Supreme Court of India was shocked while referring to road blockades by farmers protesting at Delhi

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The Bench was hearing a plea of a woman resident of Noida seeking direction to ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear so that the passage is not affected. The Supreme Court allowed the Centre to file a formal application to make farmer unions party to the plea seeking opening of road blockade at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at UP Gate in Delhi.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh said, "The redressal of problems can be through the judicial forum, agitation or through Parliamentary debates. But how can the highways be blocked and this is happening perpetually. Where does this end?"

"If we encroach, then you may say that we have trespassed on your domain. This has ramifications... but there are grievances which are to be redressed," Justice Kaul told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was appearing for the Centre.

The Solicitor General told the Bench that a high-level three-member committee was formed where the farmers were invited to speak as people should not suffer, but they refused to join saying they are not a party in the case before the top court. The court also referred to its verdict in the Shaheen Bagh case, saying that public spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely for agitation. The bench told Mehta that he will have to move the application as the petitioner would not know the persons representing the farmers. The bench stated that“ Mr. Mehta, you have to move the application for impleadment. How will the petitioner know who the leaders are? You move an application saying what you have done and how impleadment of some parties will help in the resolution of the dispute ”. The Solicitor general accepted to do this following which the court adjourned the matter till October 4.