SUPREME COURT TAKES UP LAKHIMPUR KHERI VIOLENCE, ASKS UP GOVERNMENT TO FILE REPORT

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to report by Friday on who all have been arrested, while hearing a petition calling for action in the Lakhimpur Kheri killings of 4 farmers. The court has asked the government to file the status specifying the action taken.

The bench comprising of CJI N V Ramana and Justices Hima Kohli and Surya Kant heard the PIL based on a letter written by two advocates from UP, seeking a CBI probe into the incident. The court said that the announcement to take a suo motu cognisance was a ‘listing error’. The UP government said that a single member Commission of Enquiry, headed by retired High Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava will be pricing the violence on Sunday.

“It is in the petition which we have received that eight persons; some of them are farmers, one is a journalist and there are other persons also who have been killed. This is all an unfortunate incident, different persons have been murdered,” said Justice Suryakant to the representative of the UP government, Advocate General Garima Prasad. “We need to know who are the accused persons against whom you have registered the FIR and whether they have been arrested or not,”, he added, directing the government to add the said details to the report which has to be filed by Friday.

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