Court rejects academics’ petition against rice pledging scheme

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BANGKOK, Oct 10 – The Constitution Court today rejected a petition by academics at a leading Thai development institute seeking an injunction to halt the government’s rice pledging scheme.

Pimon Thampitakpong, Constitution Court spokesperson, said the judges would not accept the petition for consideration as the court is not empowered by the constitution or the law to act on the petition.

Stressing that the issue is beyond the power of the court, the panel reportedly said that the petitioners’ rights and freedoms were not breached by the law. They added that the petition was not in accord with Article 212 of the constitution.

Mr Pimon said the petition involves the state’s fundamental policy, which is beyond the authority of the Constitution Court. He advised that the petitioners should further study regarding which agency is entitled to decide on the policy issue.

The petitioners are academics of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).