The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a status report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the first information report (FIR) registered and arrests made
This is further in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which eight persons including farmers, were mowed down by a four-wheeler of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.
Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana termed the incident as “unfortunate” and directed Additional Advocate General (AAG) Garima Prashad, representing State of Uttar Pradesh, to get instructions on the status of the FIR as well as details about petitions pending before the Allahabad High Court in relation to the incident.
“There are farmers and others persons also have been murdered. we need to know who are the accused against whom FIR is registered and who is arrested.
Please file a status report on this,” the Bench which also comprised Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said.
The case will be heard again on Friday.
“SIT and judicial commission of inquiry has been constituted. FIR has been registered,” the AAG said.
“The grievance is that you are not looking into it properly and FIR is not registered properly. What are the details of the judicial commission,” the CJI asked.
“It is led by a retired High Court judge,” AAG responded.
The Court then sought details of public interest litigation petitions pending before Allahabad High Court on the issue.
“Get instructions and file what happened before the High Court,” the CJI told AAG.
The CJI also read a message received on the virtual hearing platform from advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa.
The message said the mother of one of the deceased Lovepreet Singh, was in a critical condition.
“Get her admitted to nearest medical facility immediately and extend all facilities to her,” the Court directed.
Mean while Two people are being quizzed in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight lives were lost, and Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra has been summoned for questioning, Inspector General of Police Laxmi Singh said on Thursday.
“If Ashish Mishra does not abide by the summons, legal procedure will be adopted,” she told reporters here.
IG Singh, however, said that there was no time limit in the summons sent to Ashish Mishra.
The Union minister’s son has been named in an FIR lodged in connection with the October 3 incident under IPC section 302 (murder).
The official refused to give out the names of those being questioned.