SC seeks status report on farmers killing in UP
The bench observed that the incident was "unfortunate" and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to get instructions on the FIR, arrest of the accused and details about petitions pending before the Allahabad High Court in relation to the incident.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report on the first information report (FIR) registered and arrests made in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight persons including four farmers, were mowed down by an SUV.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana termed the incident as "unfortunate" and directed Additional Advocate General Garima Prashad to get instructions on the status of the FIR, arrest made in the case and details about petitions pending before the Allahabad High Court in relation to the incident.
"There are farmers and others persons also have been murdered. we need to know who are the accused against whom FIR is registered and who is arrested. Please file a status report on this," the bench which also comprised Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli observed while hearing matter through virtual mode. Court has adjourned the hearing to Friday.
Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria appearing from Lucknow said that “I am appearing as a member of the bar for the life and liberty of Indian citizens
Another advocate Tripathi appearing on behalf of Bar, who written a letter to CJI seeking enquiry into the matter and argued "I hope the Court will take cognisance of this. The actual number of cognizanceo died due to negligence of administration is mentioned, he further requested the court to take appropriate action in this regard", he mentioned.
Advocate Amritpal Khalsa stated that the mother of the farmer is in critical condition, the court immediately asked AAG to arrange proper medical facilities for her.
In the aftermath of Lahimpur Kheri violence, two lawyers from Uttar Pradesh had written a letter to CJI NV Ramana seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In their letter, Advocates Shivkumar Tripathi and CS Panda also sought a direction from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure the registration of an FIR in the matter as well as punishment to the guilty parties involved in the incident.
Based on the letter, Supreme Court has directed the registry to post the matter for hearing and list it as PIL. However, the registry has listed it as Suo Motu PIL. CJI has said that he has directed the registry to list it as PIL, but due to miscommunication with the registry the case has been listed as suo motu, he said.