New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to grant protection to witnesses of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and that their statements should be recorded expeditiously. The top court then posted the matter for further hearing on November 8.
“We direct the District judge concerned to entrust the task of recording of evidence under section 164 of the CrPC to the nearest judicial magistrates available,” said the bench which also comprised justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli. The bench asked Salve to to convey its concerns to forensic labs and experts on preparation of reports on electronic evidence of the incident.
Last week, the Supreme Court urged the state government to dispel the impression that it is “dragging its feet” in the investigation. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli made this observation based on the fact that only four witness accounts have so far been recorded in the case, the Live Law reported.
Meanwhile, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for a nationwide protest at tehsil and district headquarters from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, to mark the occasion of the completion of 11 months of the farmers’ movement. The farmer body SKM, in an official statement, renewed the demand for arrest and dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. It added that they have written to the President regarding the same.