Dispel impression that UP govt dragging its ft’: SC on Lakhimpur Kheri probe

Reprimanding the Uttar Pradesh authorities for delayed submitting of the standing report within the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, the Supreme Court urged the state authorities to dispel the impression that it’s “dragging its feet” within the investigation.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli made this commentary primarily based on the truth that solely 4 witness accounts have thus far been recorded within the case, the Live Law reported. The Supreme Court adjourned the listening to till October 27.

When requested why the statements of over 40 witnesses are but to be recorded, Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who appeared for the State of Uttar Pradesh, mentioned it was doubtless as a result of courts have been closed resulting from Dussehra holidays.

But the bench retorted that prison courts will not be closed throughout holidays. “You need to take steps to file the statements below Section 164, mentioned CJI Ramana, in accordance with Live Law.

Before the subsequent listening to, the UP authorities has been instructed to current a recent standing report into the violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, wherein eight folks, together with 4 farmers, have been killed after a convoy of three SUVs, together with one owned by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, hit a gaggle of farm protesters resulting in a conflict.

Ten folks, together with Mishra’s son Ashish, have been arrested thus far.