New Delhi: Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, surrendered before a magistrate in the district jail on Sunday.
The accused surrendered a week after the Supreme Court canceled his bail and asked him to surrender within a week. The apex court set aside the Allahabad High Court’s February 10, 2022 order and sent the matter back to the High Court. It is said that the order of the Allahabad High Court cannot be maintained and it should be set aside and the bail bonds of the respondent/accused stand cancelled.
The Court clarified that it did not express any opinion on the facts or merits, and said that “all questions of law have been left open for the High Court to consider and decide.”
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3, 2021. Mishra had allegedly attacked farmers protesting against three agriculture laws of the Centre, with his SUV car. He was arrested on 9 October and granted bail in February 2022.
The family members of the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri incident moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order. Earlier, the Supreme Court had appointed a committee headed by retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Rakesh Kumar Jain to oversee the investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
first published:April 24, 2022, 5:52 p.m.