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Supreme Court to hear Lakhimpur Kheri violence case on October 20

By Rajan Nath -- October 20, 2021 8:29 am -- Updated:October 20, 2021 8:57 am

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the case relating to the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri where eight persons, including four farmers, were killed during a farmers' protest.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli will hear the matter tomorrow as two lawyers had written a letter seeking a high-level judicial inquiry, also involving the CBI, in the incident.

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The apex court had on October 8 expressed dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the killing of eight persons.

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Ten people, including Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ajay Kumar Mishra 'Teni', have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

The top court had said it is "not satisfied" with the action taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and also questioned the State on why accused Ashish Mishra was not arrested so far.

Ashish Mishra had allegedly mowed down farmers with his car. The police had served a notice to Mishra and summoned him for questioning.

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The top court had said that the Uttar Pradesh government is not proceeding in the manner in which it should proceed against the accused while adding that the killing of eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri is a "brutal murder" and law must take its course against all accused.

The top court had asked the Uttar Pradesh government whether in other murder cases the police issue summons instead of arresting the accused.

Not arresting the accused is sending a "wrong message", the Bench had observed as the police has not arrested Ashish Mishra.
The Bench had further observed that transferring the case to CBI for investigation is also not a solution.

The apex court then ordered the DGP of the Uttar Pradesh government to protect evidence and other materials in the case and not destroy all in the interim by the time another agency takes it over.

The Bench had said it hopes the State government will take necessary steps due to the sensitivity of the issue and it expects responsible government, system, and police.

-PTC News

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