SC: Ignorance of law is good excuse for illiterate farmers – A good View


Supreme Court was dealing with case where for faulty seeds, consumer courts had awarded compensation against National Seed Corporation.

The company sought protection under some provisions of Seeds Act.

Supreme Court in para 35 rejected this argument on ground that

“Majority of farmers in the country remain illiterate through out their life.. They have no idea about the Seeds Act and it’s rules. The farmers also may not be knowing of Protection of Plants Varieties and Farmers Right Act”

SC did not say exactly that “Ignorance of law is good accused for farmers” but it did gave judgement in favour of farmers.

Haresh Raichura

Vide 2012(1) Scale 367 on page 393 para 35: judgement date 16/1/12 National Seeds Corporation case

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