SUPREME COURT SUO MOTU DECIDES TO HEAR LAKHIMPUR KHERI KILLINGS, CJI LEADS BENCH

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo moto cognisance of the recent attack on farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, in which a total of 8 people were killed (4 farmers, 1 journalist, and 3 BJP workers). The incident was of an SUV owned by Union Minister Ajay Mishra, allegedly instructed by his son Ashish Mishra drove over a peacefully marching crowd of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and killed 8 persons and injured many.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana will hear the matter in court on Thursday, 7 October. Previously the court had questioned the protesters, asking why there was a need to protest when the ‘government has already promised no implementation’. A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar observed when incidents of such scale occur, “nobody takes responsibility”

An FIR has been filed by UP police that claims that the son of the Union Minister, Ashish Mishra was in fact present at site and even fired bullets. Many claim he was driving the vehicle that mowed over the farmers.

Minister Ajay Mishra had a 40 minute meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah presumably regarding the incident that occured on Sunday, following which Amit Shah asked the Minister to resume his duties.

The development occurred after congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, KC Venugopal, Charanjit Singh Channi and Bhupesh Bahgel reached the home of one of the deceased to meet with the family.

 

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