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Lakhimpur Kheri: Supreme Court ‘unhappy’ with UP govt’s status report

  • Says that the Lakhimpur Kheri probe status report has nothing except that more witnesses have been examined

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday once again rapped the Uttar Pradesh government on its investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. It said that the probe did not inspire confidence and its pace was not up to expectation. It also mulled appointment of a retired HC judge from a different court.

Expressing unhappiness over the UP government’s status report in the matter, the Apex Court said there was nothing in it except that that more witnesses had been examined.

The court also asked the UP police why they had not seized the mobile phones of accused other than Ashish Mishra. “Did the other accused not use cell phones,” the court asked.

The bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli is hearing the case.

It also rejected the request for a CBI probe, saying that CBI was not the solution for everything.

It said it was inclined to appoint a former judge of a different HC to monitor the SIT probe to prevent mix-up of evidence and suggested that Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain (retd) or Justice Ranjit singh (retd) from Punjab and Haryana HC could oversee the Lakhimpur Kheri probe.

Following a petition by two lawyers, the SC took up the case related to the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 in which eight persons, including four farmers and a journalist, were killed.

An FIR was registered in the matter and Union minister of state Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra and others were arrested.



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