SC asks UP government to file status report on investigation tomorrow

New Delhi : On Thursday, the Supreme Court directed UP government to file Status Report on the by tomorrow on Lakhimpur case. Lakhimpur violence took life of eight people, four of them being farmers protestors who were allegedly mowed down by a vehicle by Union Minister of State Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.

According to reports, the court said that the report should contain all the information and details about the accused and also if they have been arrested or not. The bench also told UP government to ensure that medical aid is provided to the mother of deceased Lovepreet Singh, as she was unwell due to mental shock.

Bench comprising Chief Justice Of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli was hearing its suo moto case regarding the recent Lakhimpur Kheri Violence incident. (In Re-Violence in Lakhimpur Kheri (UP) Leading To Loss Of Life).

Court room exchange

As the matter was taken, the Chief Justice of India said that two lawyers had written a letter to him urging the Court to take suo motu cognizance of the issue. The CJI said that the direction given to the registry was to register it as a PIL, but a suo motu case was instead registered. But stating that it was not an issue, the CJI-led bench proceeded to hear Advocate Shiv Kumar Tripathi, who was one of the signatories of the letter.

Tripathi submitted that the UP government has not taken the righty steps for the protection of democratic rights. He said that the letter was written seeking directions to register FIR. The bench pointed that the FIR has already been registered.

Senior Advocate Garima Prasad, Additional Advocate General for Uttar Pradesh acknowledging that the whole incident was unfortunate, submitted that an SIT has been constituted a Judicial Enquiry has been ordered and proper steps should be taken.

“We also feel that way. 8 people lost their lives”, the CJI said when Ms.Prashad termed the incident “unfortunate”.

Ms. Prashad submitted that a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court was appointed as the judicial commission for enquiry. When the bench asked who the judge was, the AAG sought for time to get instructions to get the name of the retired judge who has been appointed. She sought for time till tomorrow to file a report.

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