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Lakhimpur probe: SC gives UP govt time till Monday

"I have almost got it worked out. Please give me time till Monday or Tuesday," senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the UP government, told the bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: November 13, 2021 12:45:05 am
lakhimpur violence bjp workers lynchingPeople take a look at the overturned SUV which destroyed in violence during farmers' protest, at Tikonia area of Lakhimpur Kheri district. (PTI Photo)

THE SUPREME Court on Friday granted time till November 15 to the Uttar Pradesh government for apprising its stand on the suggestion that a former judge of a “different high court” should monitor the state SIT probe in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight persons, including four farmers, were killed on October 3.

“I have almost got it worked out. Please give me time till Monday or Tuesday,” senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the UP government, told the bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana.

“List on Monday,” said the bench which included Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.

On November 8, the court had expressed dissatisfaction over the probe, saying it was “not confident” and did not want the judicial commission appointed by the state government to continue. It had proposed the appointment of a retired judge from “a different High Court” to monitor the investigation till the chargesheets are filed.

“What appears to us is that this SIT (Special Investigation Team), somehow or the other, is unable to maintain an investigative distance between the cases. If this kind of process continues, it will be a case of weighing the oral evidence in one case against the other. To ensure that evidence… are recorded independently and there is no overlapping and no intermixing of the evidence, we are trying to appoint a retired judge from a different High Court to monitor the investigation on a day-to-day basis… We are not confident… We don’t want the judicial commission appointed by your state to continue,” the bench had said.

It had suggested the names of Justice Ranjit Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, retired judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and asked the state government to get back to it by Friday (November 12).

The police have so far arrested 13 accused, including Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, in the case. Mishra’s bail plea is to come up for hearing at a Lakhimpur Kheri court on November 15.

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