Plea in SC Against Bail for Union Minister’s Son Ashish Misra in Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Case


Lakhimpur Kheri violence main accused Ashish Mishra enters the Crime branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 9,2021 . — IANS

The plea argued that reasoning of the high court suffers from the vices of non-application of judicial mind, and it took recourse to assumptions without the support of direct evidence.

NEW DELHI — A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging the bail granted by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court to accused Ashish Misra, son of Union Minister and BJP MP Ajay Kumar Misra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

The plea has been filed by advocates C.S. Panda and Shiv Kumar Tripathi, who moved the top court last year seeking an independent probe into the matter.

Earlier this week, Misra was released from jail after he was granted bail by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. His lawyers submitted two bail bonds of Rs 3 lakh each in regards to his bail orders on Monday.

Challenging bail granted to Misra, the plea said: “How could the High Court Justice rest his reasoning on presumption and guess work using the word ‘might’ to arrive at a conclusion that the said crime culminated in a possibility of the driver trying to speed up the vehicle to save himself. The said conclusion by the learned High Court justice is unsustainable in law.”

The plea argued that reasoning of the high court suffers from the vices of non-application of judicial mind, and it took recourse to assumptions without the support of direct evidence.

In November last year, the Supreme Court appointed Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, a former judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, to monitor the Lakhimpur Kheri violence probe. The top court also reconstituted the SIT investigating the incident and appointed IPS officer S.B. Shiradkar, as its head.

The plea filed by advocates said: “The net effect of the getting a bail to the accused Ashish Misra @ Monu and non-interrogation of the Union Minister of State (Home) Ajay Misra by the retd. Justice Rakesh Jain… results in greater prejudice affecting the morale of the law-abiding peaceful protesters hailing from Lakhimpur local area and other parts of UP.”

The petitioners contended that no effective role was discharged by the newly formed SIT in opposing the bail application of the accused, and urged the top court to pass a direction to the SIT to show-cause as to why things were delayed for victims’ families, who are seeking justice.

Ashish Mishra was arrested on October 9 last year by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was probing the incident. He was arrested a day after the apex court expressed its dissatisfaction with the UP government over the action taken in the case.

It may be recalled that eight people were killed on October 3, 2021, after violence erupted during a farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Four of the dead were farmers who were mowed down by a speeding SUV, belonging to Ashish Mishra. One journalist covering the incident was also killed in the incident. — IANS

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