New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Law Minister Ashwini Kumar on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s remarks taking suo motu cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and said a court seeking an alternative investigation mechanism is a no-confidence motion. In the investigating agency of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to ANI, Kumar said that the observation of the Supreme Court is a serious allegation of the manner in which the investigation of Lakhimpur Kheri tragedy by the Uttar Pradesh government.
“The Supreme Court has also said that it will seriously explore an alternative investigation mechanism. This is a clear vote of no confidence in the investigation being carried out by the state government and they have asked pertinent questions. How can such laxity in one go? A case of murder has been registered under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”
Senior Congress leader Kumar further said that the remarks made by the court expressed concern regarding a fair investigation in the matter.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court said it was not satisfied with the steps taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
The court further directed the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise the court about an alternate agency that can conduct the investigation. The apex court observed that the investigation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also not a solution for reasons known to the Uttar Pradesh government.
The court said, “We are not commenting. CBI is not a solution for reasons known to you… because of the persons involved… better let some other people look into it.”
The Supreme Court, taking suo motu cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, said it was the brutal murder of eight people and the law should take its course against all the accused. The court further said that it is hopeful that the UP government will take necessary steps keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana directed the Uttar Pradesh government to ask its Director General of Police to ensure that the evidence in the case is safe as long as some other agency handles it.
On Tuesday, advocates Shiv Kumar Tripathi and CS Panda wrote to the apex court seeking punishment for the leaders allegedly involved in the gruesome incident. “Given the gravity of the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, it is incumbent on this Court to intervene in the matter as shown in the press,” the letter said.
Eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that took place on October 3.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra arrived with three vehicles when farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and Farmers crushed.
However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations of SKM and said that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.