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Supreme Court takes suo moto cognizance of Lakhimpur Kheri, CJI-led bench to hear the matter

Lakhimpur Kheri

The apex court, on Wednesday, took the suo moto cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri Violence and Deaths. A three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to hear the matter today.

In a major move, the Supreme Court of India, on Wednesday, took the suo moto cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and death that claimed the lives of 8 people including 4 farmers who died after a car belonging to the convoy of the Union Minister’s son ramped over the protesting farmers. The matter is listed for hearing on October 7th and will be heard by a three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana.

Along with the CJI, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli will also be part of the three-judge bench which will hear the crucial matter. The moves come after the Lakhimpur Kheri violence has sparked a major outrage across the country. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a judicial probe that will be headed by a retired High Court Judge. 

As per the supplementary cause list of the Supreme Court of India, the matter has been registered as “In Re violence in Lakhimpur Kheri leading to the loss of life,” has been registered “by court’s motion” in the category “Latter Petition and PIL Matters” and will come up for admission hearing before the three-judge bench today. 

The events have created a political storm across the nation and particularly in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. Opposition parties are demanding that the Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra must resign from his ministerial post and strict action as per the law should be taken against his son Ashish Kumar Mishra as one of the cars which ran over the protesting farmers, killing four, was owned by him. Farmers also alleged that he was present in the car and that it was a part of a larger conspiracy.

The Yogi government seems to be on a backfoot and is trying to pacify the situation. The opposition parties are all guns blazing against the BJP government. Congress Leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, on Wednesday, met with the families of the farmers who died by getting run down by the car. Apart from Congress, the TMC delegation also reached the district to show their support to the farmers. 

On Tuesday, two-UP-based lawyers Shiv Kumar Tripathi and C S Panda wrote to the CJI seeking a court-monitored, high-level inquiry into the incident. The letter urged the court to treat it as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and order the probe so that guilty could be brought to justice.

However, it is unclear that if the suo moto cognizance was registered after taking this letter into account or not. 

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