Lakhimpur Kheri: UP gets Supreme Court for not arresting minister’s son

Naveen Bharat Editorial

New Delhi: Expressing discontent along the way Lakhimpur Kheri violence The investigation is going on in UP, the Supreme Court said on Friday, saying the state government should show some seriousness in dealing with it.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana took a jibe at senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the UP government, saying, “Your seriousness is only in words, not in your actions.”

“Do you treat the accused (murder) like this in other cases also?” The CJI asked, when Salve said that the UP Police has issued summons to Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra to appear on Saturday at 11 am, as he did not come for questioning on Friday.

When Salve said that the accused were summoned as the autopsy reports did not find bullet wounds on the bodies of the eight victims, the court asked, “Is this a ground for not taking custody?”
Salve, however, admitted, “The way this car was driven, there is no doubt that the allegations (of farmers being bitten) are true. It is probably a 302 (Section 302, which provides for punishment for murder).”

The court retorted saying, “It is a responsible state government and police. When there is a serious allegation of death or bullet injury, will other accused in this country be treated the same way? Sending them notices, like asking, Please come and let us know?… See what message we’re sending. What will the police do if 302 cases are registered under normal circumstances? Go and arrest the accused.” The bench was hearing a PIL filed on the basis of a letter sent by two lawyers.

The CJI also did not see merit in the SIT constituted for the case, saying they were all local officials. He asked the state to instruct the DGP to protect the evidence. The matter will now come up for hearing after the Dussehra holidays.

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“We are hopeful that the state will take necessary steps. We are not commenting on the sensitivity of the matter. And CBI cannot be a solution for reasons you know better… because of individuals… better you find some other way (for investigation),” CJI Ramana told Harish Salve

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