The hearing of the murder of eight people, including four farmers, in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident of Uttar Pradesh is going on in the Supreme Court. Harish Salve, who is fighting the case in the Supreme Court on behalf of the UP government, has told the court that accused Ashish Mishra will appear before the crime branch tomorrow at 11 am. However, the Supreme Court did not express displeasure with the action of the UP government on the Lakhimpur incident and said that it is not satisfied with the action taken so far. Earlier in Thursday’s hearing, the Supreme Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit the status report by today i.e. Friday. In this status report, the state government has to tell the details of the accused named in the FIR as well as whether they have been arrested. So let’s know what happened in the Supreme Court hearing.
The Supreme Court said that it is not satisfied with the steps taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the investigation of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The court further said that it is hopeful that the UP government will take necessary steps keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter.
The Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise the court of an alternate agency, which can investigate the matter.
Expressing displeasure with the action taken by the UP government so far, the Supreme Court asked why the accused is being treated differently in the murder case? It is a case of murder and why no arrest has been made till now.
The Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government that when there is a serious allegation of death or gunshot wound, will the accused be treated the same way in this country?
Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the UP government, told the Supreme Court that notice has been served to Ashish Mishra and he will appear tomorrow at 11 am. If he does not appear, the law will take its own course. He said that there was no bullet injury in the post-mortem report, so notice was given to the accused. On this, the Supreme Court has asked whether the same attitude remains with the rest of the accused? The court said that the allegations are very serious.
During the hearing in the Supreme Court on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, Harish Salve, on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, said that if the person does not appear before the crime branch, then strictness of law will be resorted to. On this, the Supreme Court asked whether the UP government treats other accused like sending notices also.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Raman is starting the hearing of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. CJI Ramana said that we have received hundreds of emails. We are not going to allow anyone to speak except these two lawyers and the state counsel.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish did not appear before the crime branch and it is feared that he has fled to Nepal. Significantly, apart from farmers killed in last Sunday’s violence in Tikoniya area of Lakhimpur Kheri, four others include the driver of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and Raman Kashyap, a local reporter of a private news channel. According to the father of the journalist who died in the incident, his son died due to a vehicle collision during the coverage of the farmers’ agitation.