Lakhimpur Kheri case: UP govt agrees to appointment of retired judge to monitor probe

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is agreeable to the appoint of a retired judge for monitoring the investigation in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, which claimed the lives of eight persons, including four farmers.

Lakhimpur Kheri case: UP govt agrees to appointment of retired judge to monitor probe
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New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is agreeable to the appoint of a retired judge for monitoring the investigation in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, which claimed the lives of eight persons, including four farmers.


Taking a note of this, a Bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli listed the matter for Wednesday to decide the name of the judge, Live Law reported.


The bench observed that the Special Investigation Team constituted by the Uttar Pradesh Police needs to be upgraded, as it consists mostly of officers in the grade of Sub Inspectors from the Lakhimpur Kheri region.


It further asked senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented Uttar Pradesh, to circulate the names of IPS officers of UP cadre who do not hail from UP, for inclusion in the SIT, the report further said.


Local farmers blamed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra 'Teni' and his son Ashish Mishra for the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers a local journalist and others during a farmers' protest. They were mowed down by a vehicle which was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri. However, the Minister and his son have denied the charges.

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