On October 3, Lakhimpur violence led to the death of eight people, including four farmers. Now, on Thursday, Supreme Court sought a status report from the UP government regarding the FIR filed in the case and whether any of the accused has been arrested or not.
Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Justices Suryakant and Hima Kohli listed the matter for hearing on Friday. A senior advocate Garima Prashad, appearing for the UP government, said the state will file a status report with all details of the case and action taken by it in a day.
Justice Surya Kant said that “We heard that 8 persons died and some of them are farmers, one of them is a journalist. Include details for all. We need to know who are the accused against whom you have registered an FIR and whether you have arrested them or not.”
On Wednesday, the court registered a PIL regarding the Lakhimpur Kheri violence following a letter written to it by two UP-based advocates C S Panda and Shiv Kumar Tripathi.
However, it was registered as a suo motu matter which means that the court had by itself taken cognisance of the incident. Chief Justice of India, N V Ramana said that it was not so. He said that the Lakhimpur Kheri matter was directed to be registered based on the letter from the lawyers but the Registry had registered it as suo motu. CJI NV Ramana said that I think there is a communication problem while adding that it will however hear it.
After this, CJI inquired about the PIL status filed before Allahabad High Court in this connection. He asked Garima Prashad, “Please also tell us what happened to the PIL before the Allahabad High Court.”