New Delhi, Oct. 5 -- Contemplating restrictions on the right to protest, the Supreme Court on Monday observed that "nobody takes responsibility" when damage to property and physical injuries take place during protests, as it referred to the incident in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri where violence claimed eight lives during a farmers' protest a day ago.

A bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar wondered why farmers are protesting when the operation of the three contentious farm laws has already been suspended by the apex court this January, while calling it a "principal question" to be determined as to whether protests should be allowed when the issue is sub judice (under judicial consideration).

The Union government, through ...