The Supreme Court will hear the Lakhimpur Kheri matter on Thursday after the court took suo motu cognizance of the violence that claimed the lives of eight people earlier this week.
The case pertains to the death of eight people in the violence that erupted during a farmers’ protest in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on October 3. A journalist, two BJP workers and a driver were among those who died in the violence.
Meanwhile, farmers alleged that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra was sitting in a car that rammed a crowd of protesting farmers, leading to the death of four farmers.
However, Ajay Misra claimed that his son Ashish was not inside any of the vehicles that were part of the convoy.
As the incident has triggered a major political storm, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the violence on Wednesday and said a bench will hear the matter on Thursday.
According to the causelist uploaded on the Supreme Court website, a three-judge bench comprising CJI Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli would hear the matter titled ‘In re violence in Lakhimpur Kheri (UP) leading to loss of life’ on Thursday, news agency PTI reported.
On Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh Police registered an FIR against Ashish Misra and others in the incident but no arrest has been made so far. The FIR mentioned Ashish Misra and others as accused and charged them with murder, criminal conspiracy, rash driving, rioting, among others.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties have demanded the immediate arrest of Ashish Misra, along with the removal of Ajay Misra from the Union Cabinet.