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Lakhimpur Kheri Case: Days After SC Cancels His Bail, Ashish Mishra Surrenders in Court | 10 Points

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: On October 3, 2021, 4 farmers were mowed down by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when those against farm laws were holding a demonstration against Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit. Two BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death allegedly by angry protesters. A local journalist had also lost his life in the violence.

Updated: April 24, 2022 4:14 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Surabhi Shaurya

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra's son Ashish Mishra being taken from crime branch office to be produced before magistrate, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Saturday night, Oct. 9, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra's son Ashish Mishra surrenders in court (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Ashish Mishra, son of Union MoS Ajay Mishra on Sunday surrendered in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, days after the Supreme Court canceled his bail in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Reports claimed that Mishra has been sent back to the Lakhimpur prison. Earlier last week, a Bench led by CJI NV Ramana directed him to surrender within a week. “The High Court considered irrelevant factors and showed an unwarranted hurry to grant him bail”, it had noted. The incident dates back to October 3, 2021, when a group of farmers was protesting in Lakhimpur Kheri district against the Centre’s three farm laws. However, a violent clash broke out between the farmers following which an SUV reportedly owned by Union MoS Ajay Mishra, ran over the farmers, killing four of them. As alleged by the protesting farmers, Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was inside the car when the accident took place.

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  1. Ashish surrendered in court a day ahead of the expiry of his bail term. He was arrested on October 9 last year in the case.
  2. He was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court in February 2022. This pertains to the violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri in October 2021, where eight people including four farmers were killed.
  3. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had noted that the victims of the violence were denied the right of hearing in the Allahabad High Court which had granted bail to Mishra. It also asked the high court to reconsider the bail granted to Ashish Mishra.
  4. Welcoming the SC’s order, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had said that by canceling the bail of Mishra alias Monu, the Supreme Court has restored hope in the justice system.
  5. “After this order of the Supreme Court, (Union Minister for Home) Ajay Mishra Teni – Ashish’s father – should be immediately sacked from the post of minister,” the SKM had demanded.
  6. “If this does not happen, then in the first week of May, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha will hold a national meeting and announce a nationwide protest programme,” it added.
  7. Earlier this month, the UP govt told the Supreme Court that Lakhimpur Kheri violence case was a grave offence, and no untoward incident happened after Ashish Mishra was granted bail, and he was also not a flight risk.
  8. The state government’s posture on the issue had angered the farmers who had accused the government of shielding Mishra.
  9. For the unversed, the family members of the farmers, mowed down by a car belonging to Mishra, in Lakhimpur Kheri had moved the top court challenging bail granted to him.
  10. The victims’ families have claimed that the state has not filed an appeal opposing bail granted to Mishra.

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