Lakhimpur Kheri violence: SC adjourns hearing to Monday

Supreme Court has suggested the UP government constitute a judicial commission of enquiry headed by other high court retired judge. But UP government has yet to give its nod for the same

Lakhimpur Kheri violence: SC adjourns hearing to Monday

New Delhi: Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of Lakhimpur Kheri violence to next week.

Uttar Pradesh government has sought time to file a reply, Chief Justice bench has adjourned the hearing for Monday.

In the previous hearing, the Court has come down heavily on the UP government for protecting the accused, directed the court to file two separate FIRs of the incident. Court has also observed that it would constitute the judicial commission of enquiry by a retired High Court judge and said that it has no confidence in the Judicial commission constituted by UP government.

UP government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in  8 people had killed including four farmers. Protesting farmers had been mowed down by a four-wheeler belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni. After much pressure from the Opposition Congress and farmers, the UP police with no option left to arrest the Ashish Mishra. Supreme Court has also dressed down the UP government for not arresting the accused soon after registering the FIR.

The UP government had constituted a one-man commission of retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava to monitor the investigation.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said that the same needs to be done by a retired High Court judge from a different State.

The Court had, therefore, suggested the names of Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain or Justice Ranjit Singh both retired judges from Punjab and Haryana High Court.

It had, therefore, asked the State to take an appropriate decision in this regard and adjourned the matter for today. However, UP government has still undecided on Supreme Court suggestion of judicial probe of other High Court retired judge, today asked time.