Lakhimpur Kheri case: Unhappy SC proposes to appoint ex-HC judge to monitor probe

Noting that the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case is "not going" the way as expected, the Supreme Court on Monday again expressed dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh Police probe into the matter. The top court further proposed to appoint a former Judge from Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the ongoing investigation.

Lakhimpur Kheri case: Unhappy SC proposes to appoint ex-HC judge to monitor probe
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New Delhi: Noting that the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case is "not going" the way as expected, the Supreme Court on Monday again expressed dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh Police probe into the matter. The top court further proposed to appoint a former Judge from Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the ongoing investigation.


As many as eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.


According to Live Law, a bench comprising the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said on Monday that the investigation is "not going the way we expected". Also, it expressed dissatisfaction at the fact that the forensic lab reports regarding the video evidence have not yet come and that the mobile phones of all accused have not been seized.


Moreover, the Bench expressed dissatisfaction over mixing of witnesses in different FIRs in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. 


The Court, therefore, suggested that Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain (Retired) or Justice Ranjit Singh (Retired) from Punjab and Haryana High Court can oversee the Lakhimpur Kheri investigation. The matter will be heard next on Friday.


"To ensure that there is no mix up of evidence in the case we are inclined to appoint a former judge of a different high court to monitor this probe. We are not confident of having your state judicial committee oversee it. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain or Justice Ranjit Singh from Punjab and Haryana High Court can oversee this," the Bench remarked.


Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government appointed retired Allahabad High Court judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava as a single-member Commission to inquire about the incident and probe to be completed within a period of two months.


Local farmers accused Union Minister of State (MoS) 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 which was part of the convoy of the minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh. However, the Minister and his son deny the charges. 


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