“Upgrade” Farmers’ Killing Probe Team, Supreme Court Tells UP. Here’s Why

Lakhimpur Violence: Supreme Court advised UP authorities to improve SIT. (File)

New Delhi:

Officers investigating the killing of 4 farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri final month ought to be “upgraded”, the Supreme Court at this time advised the Uttar Pradesh authorities, asking for a listing of senior officers.

The UP authorities has left it to the Supreme Court to pick a retired High Court decide to move the probe. The court docket mentioned it wants a day to think about the names.

But the court docket expressed concern concerning the stage of officers on the group.

“The concern is that you have to upgrade the taskforce that is probing the case. There need to be higher grade officers,” mentioned Chief Justice NV Ramana.

Justice Surya Kant agreed: “Most officials in the current SIT (Special Investigation Team) are from Lakhimpur only. You give us the names of IPS officers who are from the UP cadre but don’t belong to UP.”

The case will likely be taken up once more on Wednesday.

The UP authorities has confronted many powerful questions whereas combating the case involving farmers run over in Lakhimpur Kheri, allegedly by Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.

Eight folks had been killed on October 3 at Lakhimpur Kheri throughout a farmers’ protest. Four extra, together with a journalist, had been killed in violence after 4 farmers had been crushed by the Union Minister’s convoy.

Last week, the Supreme Court mentioned it needs a retired High Court decide to supervise the case and that it was “not going the way we expected”.

The judges additionally mentioned it appeared that two overlapping FIRs within the case had been solely geared toward defending “one particular accused” and that the investigations weren’t saved separate as they need to be. The judges didn’t identify Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on October 11.

In earlier hearings, the UP authorities was requested why there have been “only 23 eyewitnesses” to the violence, and was ordered to assemble extra witnesses and provides them safety. The UP authorities was additionally advised to “dispel the feeling that you are dragging your feet” on the case.

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