“If MoS Teni Had Not Made Utterances Threatening Farmers, Lakhimpur Violence Might Not Have Happened”: Allahabad High Court

Allahabad: Allahabad High Court denied bail to four accused in the Lakhimpur Violence case. The court said that if the Union Minister of State for Home had not made alleged utterances threatening farmers to chase them away from District Kheri, incident might have not taken place.

“Political persons holding high offices, should make public utterances in a decent language considering its repercussions in the Society. They should not make irresponsible statements as they are required to conduct themselves befitting their status and dignity of high office which they hold,” the Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh said.

The Court found it intriguing as section 144 CRPC was imposed but why the wrestling competition was organized. The court also questioned why did Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni and the Deputy Chief Minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya decided to be present as Chief Guest in the event. 

The court stressed that the lawmakers cannot be seen to be law violators. The court called it unbelieve that it would not have been within the knowledge of the Deputy Chief Minister of the State that in the area provisions of Section 144 CRPC were clamped and, any assembly or gathering was prohibited.

For carrying out free, fair, impartial and scientific investigation of the offence, the court appreciated the efforts taken by the Special Investigation Team. The Bench noted that the charge sheet disclosed overwhelming evidence against the accused-applicant and co-accused for commission of the offence. This is termed as cruel, diabolic, brutal, barbaric, depraved, gruesome and inhumane.

The prosecution submitted before the court, the date of the incident, the Union Minister of State for Home, Ajay Mishra Teni had given a threat to the farmers and therefore, enraged and agitated by the threats and utterances of the Minister. Hence farmers decided to organize a protest meeting against the said threats of the Union Minister of State for Home.

It was also claimed that despite the fact that a video of the Union Minister of State for Home threatening farmers went viral, the Central Government did not take any action against him, and thus, emboldened and encouraged by this fact, the Union Minister’s son, Ashish Mishra, and other co-accused committed the diabolic and barbaric crime.

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