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Lakhimpur Kheri case: Supreme Court unhappy with Yogi government’s report, suggestion of investigation under the supervision of retired judge

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The Supreme Court on Monday expressed displeasure over a status report filed by the Uttar Pradesh government on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Expressing displeasure over the progress of the investigation, the Supreme Court said that it is not happening as per our expectation. The Supreme Court said that the status report filed by the Uttar Pradesh government has nothing but to say that more witnesses have been examined. The court suggested the investigation of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case under the supervision of a retired High Court judge and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to clarify its stand by Friday. Let us inform that eight people including four farmers and a local journalist were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

The Supreme Court reprimanded the UP government and asked why only Ashish Mishra’s phone was confiscated and why not others? The Supreme Court said that in order to ensure that there is no tampering of evidence in the case, we are inclined to appoint a retired judge of a separate High Court to oversee the investigation of the case.

The Supreme Court suggested that Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain (retd) or Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) of the Punjab and Haryana High Court may oversee the Lakhimpur Kheri investigation. The Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the complicity of witnesses in separate FIRs in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and proposed to appoint a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to oversee the ongoing investigation.

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A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli heard the matter. Earlier on October 26, the same bench had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide protection to witnesses in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The court had also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to record the statements of other witnesses in the case under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and asked the digital evidence to be examined by experts at the earliest.

The top court had directed the state government to file a status report in the case of alleged lynching of a journalist and a man named Shyam Sundar by the mob. Two advocates had written to the Chief Justice demanding a high-level inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri case. It is in this background that the court is hearing the matter.

The counsel appearing for the state government had told the bench on October 26 that out of 68 witnesses, statements of 30 have been recorded under Section 164 of CrPC and statements of some others would also be recorded. Out of these 30 witnesses, 23 have claimed to be eyewitnesses.

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