25 Jan 2023

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Union Minister Ajay Mishra' Son Ashish Granted Interim Bail

New Delhi: In Lakhimpur Kheri Violence case, the Supreme Court gave relief to Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra.  The court gave interim bail for eight weeks on Wednesday.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the lynching of two car occupants during the same violence, the bench also granted interim bail to four accused.

Four farmers were killed when a convoy of vehicles, including one belonging to Ajay Mishra, ran over them on October 3, 2021. Two BJP workers, the driver of one of the vehicles and a journalist were also killed in the ensuing violence.

A bench of Justice Suryakant and Justice JK Maheshwari, while accepting Ashish's appeal, ordered his release with several strict conditions. On January 19, the apex court had reserved its judgment in the matter after hearing the arguments of the parties concerned.

Ashish asked to leaver UP within a week of release

The stringent bail conditions imposed on Ashish by the bench include barring him from entering Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The top court has directed him to leave Uttar Pradesh within a week of his release from jail.

The order said that “any attempt by petitioner, his family or supporters to influence or threaten the witnesses directly or indirectly shall entail cancellation of interim bail”. 

It added that the prosecution, SIT, informant or any family members of victims of crime will be at liberty to promptly inform the court of any instance of misuse of the concessions of interim bail.

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