The Supreme Court slammed the union government on protests over controversial farm laws, saying that it intends to stay its implementation. The apex court also proposed an independent committee under the leadership of former Chief Justice of India to “amicably resolve” the stand-off between the two parties.

Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde led a three-judge Bench that expressed its “disappointment” at the Centre’s handling of the farmers’ protest.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations against you… But we are extremely disappointed in the way you’re handling this situation. You (the Centre) made a law without enough consultation, resulting in a strike. Many States are up in rebellion against you… The whole thing has been going on for months… You say you are negotiating, talking… What negotiating? What talking? What is going on,” Chief Justice Bobde told Attorney-General KK Venugopal and Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, both of whom represented the Centre.

On Tuesday, the court will pass the orders. When Venugopal asked the bench a reason for “hurry” to pass the order of stay, Bobde replied: “Mr. Attorney, we are giving a very long rope to you. Don’t give us a lecture on patience…”

Bobde also requested the senior citizens, women and children leave the protest sites and return home.

“Tell them the Chief Justice of India wants them to go home… Whether you have faith in us or not, we are the Supreme Court and we will do our job,” he said.

“We don’t know whether you (the government) are part of the solution or the problem. There is not a single petition filed here which says the laws are beneficial… If the laws are put on hold, negotiations before the committee will be much better,” the Chief Justice added.