Supreme Court takes Suo Motu Cognizance of Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Alka Verma-

Published On: October 07, 2021 at 10:43 IST

In a recent development Supreme Court of India took Suo Motu Cognizance of the violent incident of Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

A three-Judge Bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Justice Hima Kohli will be hearing the matter on Thursday.

During the hearing, it is assumed that the Bench is going to ask for answers from Uttar Pradesh Government regarding the matter.

The UP Government, earlier this week initiated a Judicial Investigation regarding the matter and which will be headed by a retired High Court judge.

The incident of Lakhimpur Kheri took place on Sunday, in which eight lives were lost.

It is said that Ashish Misra, who is the son of Ajay Misra, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs ran his car which resulted in the death of four farmers UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

Following the incident, the farmers turned violent and aggressive and lynched three people who were in the car.

Apart from this, a Journalist who was covering the incident also died because of the violence.

While the Union Minister denied the fact that his son was driving the car and stated that violent attacks on the car resulted in the driver losing his control, on the other hand UP Police registered an FIR against Ashish Misra at Tikunia police station

Ashish has been booked under various Sections of IPC such as Sections 302 (murder), 304-A (death caused by reckless driving), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 147 (rioting), 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by negligence).

It should be noted here that the Apex Court decision to take Suo Motu Cognizance came after a Bench of Court flashed upon the farmers to end up this long going protest.

Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, who was leading that Bench stated, “When such incidents happen, causing deaths, loss to property and damage, nobody takes responsibility.”

Also, during the same hearing Justice Khanwilkar asked Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to stop the protest as soon as possible.

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