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Upgrade Lakhimpur Kheri SIT: Supreme Court tells UP government


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday told the Uttar Pradesh government to upgrade the level of officers in the special investigation team (SIT) that is investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

It had earlier suggested that a retired High Court judge be appointed to head the probe. The UP government said that it could choose such a judge for the probe.

However, the court observed that there needed to be officers of higher grade in the SIT.

“The concern is that you have to upgrade the taskforce probing the case,” Chief Justice NV Ramana said.

Justice Surya Kant observed that most of the officials on the team currently are from Lakhimpur Kheri itself. He asked for names of IPS officers from UP but from outside Lakhimpur Kheri.

On appointment of a retired HC judge, the bench said that it will confirm the person after talking to potential candidates.

Eight persons, including four farmers and a journalist, had been killed in the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on October 3.

The Supreme Court took up the case following a PIL by two lawyers. Earlier, it had come down heavily on the UP government for tardy investigation in the matter. In the last hearing, it had suggested that the probe could be overseen by a retired HC judge.


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