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Lakhimpur deaths: Harish Salve will represent UP government

Uttar Pradesh government on Friday appointed senior advocate Harish Salve to appear in the Supreme Court hearing Lakhimpur The Kheri violence in which eight people were killed on 3 October.

On October 5, two UP lawyers Shiv Kumar Tripathi and CS Panda wrote to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) demanding a court-monitored high-level probe into the incident. The letter urged the court to treat it as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and order an inquiry so that the culprits “are brought to justice”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hema Kohli heard the matter on Thursday, with Uttar Pradesh Additional Advocate General Garima Prasad appearing for the state. However, as soon as the court issued notice to the UP government and sought a status report, Salve was briefed on the high-stakes case.

sources told Naveen Bharat That Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak issued the work order for Salve late on Thursday night.

In the earlier high-profile cases, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was mostly implicated for UP in the Hathras gang rape case and cases related to the protests against the new citizenship law. Last year, Salve appeared for the Uttar Pradesh DGP in the Hathras case and demanded a central probe into the gang rape and murder of the 19-year-old woman.

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