Lakhimpur Kheri case: Supreme Court raps Yogi government, calls it case of brutal murder
Coming down hard upon the UP government Chief Justice of India NV Ramana lamented that the inaction in the case was not sending across the right message.
The Supreme Court on Friday rapped the Uttar Pradesh government and police for failing to arrest the main accused against whom FIR has been lodged in connection with October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
The Apex court bench, comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said that the Lakhimpur Kheri incident was a case of a brutal murder.
Coming down hard upon the UP government Chief Justice of India Ramana lamented that the inaction in the case was not sending out the right message.
Harish Salve, who was appearing on behalf of the UP government, agreed that the authorities should have done more.
Eight people had lost their lives in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Four protesting farmers were allegedly run over by a vehicle which was allegedly being driven by Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra 'Teni'.
Ashish has been summoned to join the investigation at the Tikonia police station at 11 am on Saturday, Salve said, adding that the "rigour of law" will kick in if the Union minister's son does not show up.
Salve even contended that if the bench was not satisfied with the progress in the case, it can hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Chief Justice directed Salve to inform the Uttar Pradesh DGP to ensure that evidence in the case is protected by the time another agency takes it over.
The Uttar Pradesh Police had on Thursday nabbed two persons in connection with the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
The farmers, who were part of the gathering when one of the cars in the convoy rammed into the group, have alleged that the minister's son was behind the steering wheel. However, the Union Minister denied the allegations and told media persons that neither he nor his son was present at the incident spot on October 3.