Lakhimpur Violence: HC Grants Interim Bail To 8 Accused

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Lakhimpur Violence: HC Grants Interim Bail To 8 Accused

| Updated: February 16, 2023 12:25

The Allahabad High Court has granted temporary bail to eight more defendants until March 20 in the Lakhimpur violence of 2021. Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra alias Teni, and the other 12 accused in the case are now all free on bail.

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant Ashish Mishra bail on January 25, a Lucknow bench made the decision on Tuesday. The case’s next hearing date has been set for March 20 by Justice Rajesh Kumar Singh Chauhan’s bench.

Ankit Das, Nandan Singh Bisht, Latif alias Kale, Satyam Tripathi alias Satya Prakash Tripathi, Shekhar Bharti, Ashish Pandey, Rinku Rana, and Sumit Jaiswal are among those who have been given temporary release from custody. The same restrictions that were listed in the decision granting bail to Ashish Mishra were also placed on them by the bench.

The top court ordered Ashish Mishra to leave Uttar Pradesh within a week of being released from jail and granted him interim bail for eight weeks. The Supreme Court had ruled that Ashish was not permitted to remain in Delhi or Uttar Pradesh while on temporary release.

It had stated that any attempt to intimidate or sway the witnesses by Ashish Mishra, his family, or supporters would result in the cancellation of the temporary bail. On October 3, 2021, violence broke out in Tikunia, Lakhimpur Kheri district, as farmers protested the visit of then-deputy Chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Eight people were killed as a result.

The Uttar Pradesh Police FIR in the case states that an SUV in which Ashish Mishtra was reportedly seated ran down four farmers. Following the event, enraged farmers are accused of killing the SUV’s driver and two BJP members.  A journalist also died in the violence.

Four farmers who were detained in the lynching case—Gurugwinder Singh, Kamaljeet Singh, Gurupreet Singh, and Vichitra Singh—were ordered released on temporary bail until further orders after the top court used its “suo-moto constitutional powers.”

The trial was able to begin on December 6 of last year thanks to the trial court’s framing of accusations against Ashish Mishra and 12 others for alleged crimes of murder, criminal conspiracy, and other criminal laws in the case of the deaths of the four protesting farmers. 

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