Officers investigating the killing of 4 farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri final month must be “upgraded”, the Supreme Court as we speak instructed the Uttar Pradesh authorities, asking for an inventory of senior officers.
The UP authorities has left it to the Supreme Court to pick out a retired Excessive Court choose to go the probe. The court docket mentioned it wants a day to think about the names.
However the court docket expressed concern concerning the stage of officers on the workforce.
“The priority is that it’s a must to improve the taskforce that’s probing the case. There have to be increased grade officers,” mentioned Chief Justice NV Ramana.
Justice Surya Kant agreed: “Most officers within the present SIT (Particular Investigation Group) are from Lakhimpur solely. You give us the names of IPS officers who’re from the UP cadre however do not belong to UP.”
The case might be taken up once more on Wednesday.
The UP authorities has confronted many robust questions whereas preventing the case involving farmers run over in Lakhimpur Kheri, allegedly by Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.
Eight individuals have been killed on October 3 at Lakhimpur Kheri throughout a farmers’ protest. 4 extra, together with a journalist, have been killed in violence after 4 farmers have been crushed by the Union Minister’s convoy.
Final week, the Supreme Court mentioned it needs a retired Excessive Court choose to supervise the case and that it was “not going the best way we anticipated”.
The judges additionally mentioned it appeared that two overlapping FIRs within the case have been solely aimed toward defending “one explicit 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 “solely 23 eyewitnesses” to the violence, and was ordered to assemble extra witnesses and provides them safety. The UP authorities was additionally instructed to “dispel the sensation that you’re dragging your ft” on the case.