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Lakhimpur case: UP government ready for investigation under the supervision of former judge, SC asks for names of IPS officers

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The hearing is going on in the Supreme Court on the bail of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and two others, the main accused in Tikunia violence of Lakhimur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. The Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to upgrade the special panel set up to investigate, as most of the officers are from Lakhimpur Kheri. The Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to name such IPS officers who will be included in the SIT set up for investigation. The Supreme Court has said that these IPS officers can be of Uttar Pradesh cadre but not residents of the state. Let us inform that earlier the hearing on the bail of Ashish Mishra has been postponed twice.

Last month, during the farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, they were driven over by a vehicle, which led to violence and total death of eight people, including four farmers. The farmers alleged that Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra was also in the vehicle that crushed the protesters. In the court, the Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to conduct the investigation under the supervision of a retired judge of the High Court of another state. Earlier, the Supreme Court had suggested the state government to conduct an inquiry by retired Justices Rakesh Kumar Jain and Ranjit Singh.

The last hearing was adjourned on November 3. Due to the death of an advocate, there was a condolence motion of the Advocates Association. Due to this the hearing could not be held and the date was fixed as November 15. Earlier, on October 28, the bail was also deferred due to non-receipt of the case diary. The court has called from the investigator on Monday with all the documents including case diary, forensic investigation report, criminal record of the case. Advocates for both the sides are busy in its preparation. District Government Advocate Faujdari Arvind Tripathi told that the preparation for prosecution is complete.

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Forensic report of minister’s son Ashish’s mobile also came

The SIT has also got the forensic report of the mobile of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni, the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. All the data has been recovered from the lab. The Police Inquiry Committee is busy studying the report. The officers are avoiding telling about what data the police investigation committee has found in Ashish’s mobile. In the first case of Lakhimpur violence, the police had sent minister son Ashish Mishra to jail on 9 October. At that time his mobile was recovered from Ashish.

The mobile was sent to a lab in Trivandrum for forensic examination. So that it can be known whether any data has been deleted from the mobile or not. If the data is deleted then it can be recovered. After about a month, the forensic report has come from Ashish’s mobile lab. The report has been received by the inquiry committee. It is being told that the team is busy studying the report. But till now the officers are avoiding to tell what data they have got from Ashish’s mobile.

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