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Will Yogi government get retired judge to investigate Lakhimpur incident? Supreme Court hearing today

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The hearing in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case is again in the Supreme Court today. The Supreme Court may decide today i.e. on Friday in the matter of giving the responsibility of monitoring the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri murder case to a retired judge of the High Court. Chief Justice N. The names of retired judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Ranjit Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain were settled by a division bench of Justice V. Raman, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli during the last hearing. The division bench had proposed to the Uttar Pradesh government to supervise the investigation from either of the two judges.

Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the government, had said that he would present his side on November 12. This division bench headed by the Chief Justice has reprimanded several times during the hearings, expressing dissatisfaction with the investigation of Yogi Adityanath’s government. During the last hearing, the top court had raised several questions on the government, including prima facie trying to save an accused. The division bench had ordered the government to expedite the recording of their statements under Section 164 of the Indian Penal Code (CrPC) while ordering the protection of the witnesses. The top court had pulled up the state government for its alleged lax approach in collection of evidence and ordered the government to take necessary measures to safeguard it, apprehension of tampering with the available evidence.

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Eight people, including four farmers, who were protesting against the Centre’s new agricultural laws, were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is one of the accused in this case. Police has arrested many accused including Ashish. Ashish is being told as the main accused.

On October 3, the farmers agitating for a year were protesting against the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya for a program organized in the native village of the Union Minister of State. It is alleged that the farmers who were protesting on the streets in Lakhimpur Kheri were crushed by the car. Ashish was also traveling in this car along with other accused. Four others were killed in the violence that erupted after four people were crushed to death by a car. Vehicles crushing people were set ablaze by an angry mob. A local journalist and two Bharatiya Janata Party workers were among those killed in the incident.

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