LAKHIMPUR VIOLENCE: FORMER PUNJAB AND HARYANA HC JUDGE RAKESH KUMAR JAIN APPOINTED TO MONITOR PROBE

After the Uttar Pradesh government agreed to the Supreme Court’s demand for appointing a retired High Court judge to monitor the Lakhimpur probe, the SC has appointed a judge. Highlighting that justice has ‘to be seen and perceived to be done’, the top court on Wednesday appointed retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Rakesh Kumar jain to monitor the probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The violence that took place on October 3rd had a convoy of the union minister of state Ajay Misra led by his don Ashish Mishra run over a group of peacefully walking farmers, leading to the death of 4 farmers and a journalist. 3 BJP workers were also killed in the violence that followed. 

 

A bench headed by CJI N V Ramana also upgraded the SIT probing the case by incorporating three IPS officers — S B Shiradkar, Padmaja Chauhan and Preetinder Singh “to preserve the faith and trust of people”. Following the new order of the SC the state-appointed probe commission led by former Allahabad High Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava would be dissolved. 

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