Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: SC slams UP government over status report

By Rajan Nath -- November 08, 2021 11:11 am -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed unhappiness over the status report filed by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Lakhimpur Kheri case in which eight persons, including four farmers, were killed during a farmers' protest.

The Supreme Court said that there was nothing in the status report apart from saying that more witnesses have been examined.

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The top court told the Uttar Pradesh government that both Lakhimpur Kheri incidents - mowing down of protesting farmers by a vehicle and the lynching of the accused - have to be probed and taken to a logical conclusion.

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Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for the UP government told the Supreme Court that lab reports will come by November 15.

"Only Ashish Mishra's phone has been seized, what about others?," asked the Supreme Court from the UP government.

The apex court said that to ensure there was no mix-up of evidence in the case, it is inclined to appoint a former judge of a different High Court to monitor the probe in the case.

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The apex court suggested that Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain (Retd) or Justice Ranjit Singh (Retd) from Punjab and Haryana High Court can oversee the Lakhimpur Kheri case investigation.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing for Friday, October 12.

-PTC News