19 Jan 2023

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Yogi Govt Opposes Bail Of Ajay Mishra’s Son Ashish Mishra

New Delhi: Ashish Mishra, the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri case of Uttar Pradesh and son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, has suffered a major setback. Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State Ajay Mishra, had filed a petition for his bail in the Supreme Court. When the hearing started in this case, the UP government opposed the bail plea of Ashish Mishra.

Arguments given by govt lawyer

The Yogi government presented its arguments in the ongoing hearing for the Lakhimpur Kheri case. AAG Garima Prasad, who is working on this case on behalf of Uttar Pradesh government, said that what happened in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh is a heinous crime. In such a case, if the accused is granted bail, a wrong message will be sent to the society. Therefore, the bail should not be given to Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra.

Trial will take seven to eight years to complete

However, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Mishra, strongly opposed Dave's submission and submitted that his client has been in jail for more than a year and the way the trial is going, it will take seven to eight years to complete it.

He said that Jagjeet Singh, who is the complainant in the case, is not an eyewitness and his complaint is just based on hearsay.

 "We will pass orders," the bench said after hearing arguments of both case. 

On October 3, 2021, eight people were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri district's Tikunia in a violence that erupted when farmers were protesting then Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya's visit to the area. According to Uttar Pradesh Police FIR, four farmers were mowed down by an SUV, in which Ashish Mishra was seated.

Following the incident, a driver and two BJP workers were allegedly lynched by angry farmers. A journalist also died in the violence.

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