Lakhimpur Kheri case: SC appoints Justice RK Jain to monitor probe, includes 3 IPS officers in SIT
The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain -- former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court -- to monitor the investigation in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, which claimed the lives of eight persons, including four farmers.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain -- former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court -- to monitor the investigation in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, which claimed the lives of eight persons, including four farmers.
A Bench comprising the Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said that the appointment of the retired High Court judge is done to "ensure fairness, transparency and absolute impartiality" in the outcome of the investigation, Live Law reported.
It further stated that it it has included three IPS Officers in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the state police to investigate the case. "Mr Shirodkar, Mr Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan, these three police officers will be there in SIT and it stands reconstituted. The investigation will be continued by SIT under the monitoring of the learned judge. Matter will be listed after chargesheet is filed on basis of status report by Ld Judge", the CJI said.
The directions were issued on Wednesday after Uttar Pradesh on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is agreeable to the appointment of a retired judge.
Earlier, the bench observed that the SIT constituted to investigate the case needs to be upgraded, as it consists mostly of officers in the grade of Sub Inspectors from the Lakhimpur Kheri region.
Local farmers accused Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra 'Teni' and his son Ashish Mishra of the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers. They were allegedly mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the minister in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Videos circulated on social media show an SUV knocking down protesters from behind. The Minister and his son, however, deny the charges. Ashish Mishra and 20 others have been booked for murder but have not been arrested yet.